Queensland is moving itself in line with other states and introducing a sticker-free registration system, but trucks will still be required to attach the seemingly unnecessary labels.

The Queensland Government has followed the lead of other jurisdictions in moving to the stickerless registration scheme, cutting down on administrative costs and wasteful manufacture of labels. The state’s new system should be in place by October 2014, moving to a technologically-driven method based on number plate recognition.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson says: “Stickerless regos will apply to all vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes which account for about 96 per cent, or 4.4 million, of vehicles registered in Queensland... it will mean a more efficient and effective method of registering vehicles and save up to $3.5 million a year in postage and printing costs.”

Queensland first introduced registration stickers in 1932. Authorities claim the move to abolish them will benefit delivery companies and rental firms with large vehicle fleets. The plan has received some criticism from some companies with fleets of large vehicles that still have to adhere to the sticker system, and from members of the public who were concerned they would have to contact authorities to check if a car they are riding in is properly registered.

“Once the labels are no longer required, the public will be able to check the registration status of their vehicle online or by calling the TMR [Transport and Main Roads] call centre,” The Queensland Transport Minister said.