http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/time-change-our-90-year-old-rego-system The proposal is to link the specifics of a vehicle with its rego fees. I read it as bringing rego in line with some of the criteria used by private insurers to calculate insurance premiums. "Road crashes cost the NSW community more than $5 billion per year, so initiatives geared at encouraging motorists to choose safer vehicles will help to lower these costs." The bike-related examples in the piece include bikes with ABS, and bikes with lower power-to-weight ratios. While I'm always in favour of rego becoming cheaper, it does make me wonder if this slippery slope presents a trap for motorcyclists, in particular. I can see the criteria being tweaked over time in ways that are not necessarily in the best interests of the broader motorcycling community. One of the net effects would seem to be a strong pricing incentive to buy a bike with ABS, which would make this legislation by fiat, effectively. Not trying to make this an ABS debate btw, just one of the consequences that leaped out for me. My other concern is that it seems to be an example of technology being prioritised as a method to reduce injuries and fatalities, rather than increased driver and rider education. The link to comment on the proposal is http://vehicleregistration.engagementhq.com/ . Submissions are open until July 24th. This is one I will be making a point of offering some feedback on, but I want to ponder a bit first. So, if you're inclined to share your own thoughts, please feel free.