How are motorcycle mechanical workshops meant to know if a bike is registered or not now that the rego label isn't compulsory? Do they have to ask every customer that comes through the door whether they've paid their rego up to date? Will technicians get let off if busted test operating a customers vehicle that's not registered? doubt it... I haven't come across anything around the net where mechanics can search number plates to see if the vehicles are registered. Also... what about test riding new bikes from the show room, are you willing just to trust the salesman and just hop on the bike and ride? Same applies for car workshops etc. I know that most workshops have a "trade plate" which they can use, but from my experience in dealerships - half the time the plate hasn't been renewed yet because the mechanics don't bother with the trade plate at all unless its for blue slip reasons, and the other half of the time they just cant be bothered filling out all the paperwork (to use the trade plate) to go for a 2 minute ride on a bike that more than likely is registered. Is there a fast and easy resource I'm not aware of yet..? Penalties are only getting worse for riders and drivers and I wonder whether taking away the visibility to tell if a bike is registered or not to everyone else has made it easier for them to get caught out so there's more chances of catching people out unregistered which means more revenue for the government!