Latest News

  • New Meeting Format

    We’ve changed the format of our General meetings to include regular guest speakers and a Club Profile by one of our delegates about their club. All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the MCC's...

  • Helmet Laws

    On 11th December 2015 the use of helmets meeting International Helmet standard UN ECE 22.05 became legal for use in NSW. For more information click here

  • Cameras on Helmets

    The use of cameras on motorcycle helmets is now legal in the ACT provided that the mount is “frangible”. ACT Legislative Instrument The NSW Centre for Road Safety is undertaking another round of...

  • Increased Penalties for Phone Use While Driving

    Mobile phone offences have been added to double demerit periods. Also, an additional demerit point will be added to the existing standard penalty of three points. For more info Know The Rules

  • Historic Registration Rules

    On 4th September 2015 Duncan Gay, the Minister for Roads announced a new additional Historic Registration scheme (Classic Vehicle Scheme) to run along side the existing scheme. Download from the link ...

  • Putty Road and Oxley Highway Emergency Phone Locations

    The MCC has put together a pamphlet outlining the location of Emergency Phones along the Putty Road. A pamphlet is in preparation for the recently installed phones on the Oxley Highway. For more...

  • Lane Filtering legalised

    On 1st July 2014, lane filtering was legalised in NSW. The MCC of NSW has fought for this legalisation for many years. For more details click here

  • About M.A.R.I.

    A brief history of M.A.R.I.

Registration Charges

Registration charges for vehicles take account of weight factors for vehicles because of road wear costs associated with heavier vehicles. Registration charges for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) are referred to as “light vehicles” and pay in accordance with RTA charges. Vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM are referred to as “heavy vehicles” and dealt with under National registration charges.

See the RTA website for details

of registration charges

Inspecting these figures, we note that the “base charge” for lightweight cars under 975kg is currently $187 and a motorcycle is charged $87. This would indicate that the maximum envisaged weight for a motorcycle is 453kg.
This would be a very heavy motorcycle.
Most are under half that weight, although many are about three quarters of that weight when fully laden with pillion and holiday baggage. Few indeed would ever achieve this figure.

Motorcycles are “single track” vehicles and are not confined to utilize only the left and right hand wheel tracks in a narrow lane, so they distribute wear fairly evenly across the road surface. Road wear calculations for multi axle vehicles includes “tyre slip” induced pavement wear associated with turning, as well as gross weight. See the RTA Road Design Guide.

National heavy vehicle charges reflect the effort to recover the road expenditure associated with heavy vehicles.
Information Bulletin April 1998, National Heavy Vehicle Registration Charges:-
“This expenditure is recovered on the basis of the road wear costs caused by different classes of heavy vehicles, using average distance and mass for each class.”