OROMOCTO, N.B. -- The leader of New Brunswick's Progressive Conservatives says the cost of buying and owning a vehicle in the province is unnecessarily high.

Blaine Higgs says many people are being gouged when it comes to paying the sales tax when buying a used vehicle.

He says a Tory government would make a change so that people would pay the tax on the actual purchase price, rather than the book value.

Higgs says he would also eliminate the front licence plate and give drivers the option to pay for vehicle registration every two years instead of annually.

He made the announcement at a used car lot in Oromocto ahead of the election on Sept. 24.