Dead chickens save drivers on car registration

A dead supermarket chicken could save you up to $200 on your car registration, according to a Christchurch woman who has revealed an apparent loophole in vehicle rules.

It would normally cost her more than $260 to register her diesel vehicle.

But if a driver goes to the Post Shop and asks them to change the vehicle's registration to a code 06, which is for a non-commercial hearse, then the cost drops dramatically - to just $58.

Her friends told her the scam had been going on for years, so she went to a Post Shop to try it.

She told the man behind the counter her car was a non-commercial hearse because she carried dead chickens home from the supermarket.

He said that was fine, stamped her $58 registration - and she says he told her there are many of non-commercial hearses driving around the affluent Christchurch suburb of Merivale.

Land Transport New Zealand is not amused. It says people who are classing their cars as non-commercial hearses to save on their registration are breaking the law.

Spokesman Andy Knackstead said people doing that were effectively ripping off ACC, accident victims, and the rest of the population who are paying the correct levies.

Mr Knackstead said if LTNZ discovered it was a widespread practice it may consider bringing in the police.

- NEWSTALK ZB

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