Leilani Waters peels off her car registration sticker, which from today is no longer required.
Leilani Waters peels off her car registration sticker, which from today is no longer required. Iain Curry

Technology reigns finally over rego stickers

EDITORIAL: Today is indeed a day of historic significance.

It will be recalled in years to come as the date on which one of our own Great Walls came tumbling today.

We should get out on the street and celebrate our liberation - because today we are set free from the tyranny of the registration sticker.

No more need we have the extra pang in our hearts when see the flashing red and blue lights of "did I change my rego tag?"

This is significant stuff.

I remember, before we got all fancy with our stickers, the chore of removing the old in order to place the new.

It involved a bowl of warm water, a blade of some description and the patience of a crocodile hunter on the Hervey Bay foreshore.

And putting the new one on was just as big a challenge. They'd fold, curl and bubble, often leaving an untidy monument to one's inability in simple tasks.

Of course, things got better as sticker technology improved.

But today we need fear no sticker.

The law has changed, the old is gone, the new reigns.

In all seriousness, though, this has been a long time coming.

With changes in technology there may be many more practices we do just because we do and it would be good to be free of them.

But let's celebrate this tiny victory while we're waiting.

Now ... what date is my rego due?


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