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View more information including frequently asked questions for vehicles (other than taxis).

View more information including frequently asked questions for taxis.

Registration freeze for light and heavy vehicles

Small businesses looking to suspend activity due to the COVID-19 business downturn and trading restrictions can apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to freeze their business vehicle registrations for both light and heavy vehicles.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONCE YOU FREEZE THE REGISTRATION YOU CAN NO LONGER USE OR PARK THE VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET

Registrations can be reactivated at no cost when the business restarts.

The maximum period that a registration can be frozen is 12 months.

Registration freeze for taxis

Taxi operators with registrations falling due between 1 March and 30 September 2020 can apply for registration relief due to COVID-19 and downturn in business. Operators can choose to either:

  • stop operating the taxi and apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for their registration to be frozen and for the registration period to restart when they begin operating the taxi again, with a free of charge Public Passenger Vehicle safety inspection, or
  • continue operating the taxi and apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to have their registration extended for 12 months at no cost.

The registration fee relief only applies to taxis which will continue to be used as taxis after the COVID-19 restrictions end.

Heavy vehicle registration and motor tax waivers

For heavy vehicles of over 4.5 tonnes the government will waive fees for registration and the road component of motor tax for 12 months.

Operators will still need to pay the regulatory component of motor tax which goes to fund the operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Applications

Significantly impacted business owners can apply for the Registration freeze for light and heavy vehicles or the taxi and heavy vehicle registration and motor tax waivers through the Registration Business Support package application form.

You will need to provide details on your business registered for tax purposes in Australia and your Australian Business Number (ABN).

If you are operating and heavy vehicle you will also need to and make a declaration that your business activities have been ceased or suspended.

Approval will be at the discretion of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Application to unfreeze

It is the responsibility of the registered operator to make application to unfreeze the registration of their vehicle. Applications can be made through this form.

Contact and assistance

For advice on eligibility or for assistance with your application please call Registration and Licensing Services on 1300 135 513 or email rbsp@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

For general business advice contact Business Tasmania on 1800440026 or ask@business.tas.gov.au

Business vehicle registration relief package