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Once a year, Islanders are required to register their motor vehicles. It’s a costly and unnecessary procedure.

Operating a motor vehicle is an expensive proposition. Gas prices continue to rise and seldom drop and maintaining one’s vehicle in a safe, operating condition can be costly.

A car or a truck is no longer a luxury and hasn’t been for many, many years. They are necessities required for most working people.

A fairer solution would be to require an owner to register his or her motor vehicle at the time of purchase and leave it at that. If the vehicle is sold, then that buyer would have to re-register the vehicle. But government should not hit the same owner year after year with vehicle registration fees.

Vehicle registration is nothing more than a cash grab by the provincial government.

On Prince Edward Island, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal collects about $10 million a year from vehicle registration.

The government says the revenue is reinvested in programs and services for Islanders, which include road maintenance and safety.

It would be a better policy for the province to let that $10 million remain in the hands of Islanders that could be spent in local communities, helping business and improving job prospects. Every government will tell you that it is small business that creates jobs in a community. It would be a sound investment.

Municipalities also maintain roads and provide programs and services for residents but they do not have the luxury of collecting millions of dollars in vehicle registration charges. It’s a matter of checking priorities and eliminating government influence from the pockets of Islanders.

In addition, the province not only collects the registration fees, but also the taxes on the fuel drivers put into their motor vehicles.

With the importance of transportation in the everyday lives of Islanders, government could give us a break and change its vehicle registration policy.

Annual safety inspection requirements are a different matter. They ensure vehicles on the road are operating properly. These need to be done on a regular basis because all Islanders want to be safe and feel safe on the roadways – fair enough.


Organizations: Islanders, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Jocelyn
    January 26, 2013 - 13:56

    I sooooo agree!! Register once, while being that owner of that vehicle; when changing hands, re-register in the new owners name. Keep having inspections, once a year, regardless of ownership. But, did you also know that...everytime a vehicle changes hands, time and time again, taxes and new taxes are slapped on over and over again, so, for one vehicle, if the ownership is changed, say 5 times, we, the new owner has to pay taxes each and every time that car/ what have you is bought, sold, rebought, sold again? Think about it....somebody is getting their pockets reloaded again and again, and it such as heck isn't the poor everyday worker, lucky if they have a job and most likely at minimum wage. I feel so bad for the everyday Joe just trying to get by, raise a dearly loved family and having to face all this hard strife. THEN, look at he/she MLA's, senators, government workers (let's face it there is not a gov't worker not making a half decent wage), that get everything paid for - their vehicles, if not leased for them, maintenance, gas, etc. is paid, plus their meals, incidental expenses, etc., MAKE ME SICKKKKKKK!! I could go on for hours about this. While we - the average joe, has to take a back seat and have such a difficult decision who we should vote for! They must be laughing all the way to the bank, then again, did you ever see a politician in a bad mood, or with bad nerves, because they definetly don't have to worry about how they're going to afford to have their children's dentists bill paid, or how to buy the new paid of skates that their child or grandchild would so dearly love to have, especially when their friend down the street has everything their hearts could dream of because their parent/s happen to have a great job with great salaries/benefits/health care, and I can bet you 7 chances out of 10 it is not the education/knowledge/charisma that they have......it happens to be that they are friends/relatives of a person in high places, or backroom old boys that they know.

  • david
    January 14, 2013 - 06:50

    i think you are all right on this matter 'this is what we get for voting for our crooks of goverment they think they can do as they please not so 'you in goverment will not get back in power again ;have a nice life '.......

  • Roger J. Gallant
    January 09, 2013 - 09:47

    It sounds nice, but our poor province needs all the money it collects, so as to pay all the salaries of the excessive number of MLAs there are in this province. Besides, there are other provinces that have much larger registration fees. However, I do believe that the pei government is not spending enough on repairing the roads here, especially in Summerside, this town would rather send $1.3 million to the USA , then fix the streets, or in winter, plow them properly.

  • FYI
    January 07, 2013 - 09:48

    Just FYI, most every province in Canada requires yearly registrations on vehicles. If not every year, every two years. And their rates are a lot higher than ours.

  • Jakolin
    January 07, 2013 - 07:14

    Absolutely Agree!! It isn't done in other provinces, why here?

  • don
    January 06, 2013 - 20:52

    it is called steel from the poor islanders so we can give to the rich.besides the rich has tax breaks they use to over there cars etc.

  • i agree
    January 04, 2013 - 09:41

    I so agree with this, if i own a vechile for 10 years I should not have to register it every year if i buy a new one then i can see having to register the new one in my name and if all this money we spend registering our vechile is suppost to be spent maintaining the roads they why are they roads still full of pothole and they are only doing patch work instead of fully paving a road that if you drive down it you wonder what your going to have to fix beacuse if there is traffic coming the other way you have no choice but to hit the bumps (central street) , i to agree that inspection should be done every year but we should not have to re=register every year. it's pointless just another way for the government to make money off us taxpayers