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The latest RACT media releases

RACT is an advocate for road and safety issues as well as a regular commentator on regional tourism matters in Tasmania. See all our updates below.

2 November 2017 - Trash second-hand car seats 

Tasmanian motorists and parents have been reminded about the potential dangers of using second-hand and old child car seats by the RACT.

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19 October 2017 - “RoadSafe” education program a first for Tasmanian grade three and four students

An RACT online road safety awareness and knowledge resource for grade three and four students has been unveiled today (19 October).

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27 September 2017 - Tasmanian communities set to experience ‘above normal’ fire potential this bushfire season

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers is urging Tasmanians residing in bushfire prone areas to act early and leave no stone unturned when preparing for the upcoming bushfire season.

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25 September 2017 - RACT’s investment in Devonport for the long-term

The RACT is continuing to invest in regional Tasmania – this time through a new and expanded outlet in Devonport’s CBD.

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22 September 2017 - Fuel price boards decision will benefit motorists

The RACT has welcomed the approval by the Tasmanian Parliament of a Code of Practice for fuel price boards.

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14 September 2017 - RACT welcomes RSAC appointment

The RACT has welcomed the appointment of Garry Bailey as chairman of the Road Safety Advisory Council.

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1 September 2017 - Tasmanian election priorities identified by the RACT

The RACT has identified 18 road funding priorities for 2017 and beyond in the lead up to the next State election.

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28 August 2017 - Local Northern road priorities for RACT NRAC

The Hobart Road / Relbia Road intersection and the Vale Street / Westbury Road roundabout have been identified by the RACT’s Northern Regional Advisory Committee (NRAC) as requiring urgent attention to prevent crashes and reduce unsafe conditions.

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20 August 2017 - Tasmanian road investment announcement commentary

The commitment by the Tasmanian Government to improve the safety of all state-controlled roads to a minimum 3-star Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) rating is a positive announcement for Tasmanian motorists, but the work needs to be undertaken as soon as possible, the RACT says.

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9 August 2017 - Fuel price board legislation welcomed

The tabling today of fuel price board legislation that will ensure consumers can quickly and easily compare fuel prices across the state is a much-needed and welcome step, RACT CEO Harvey Lennon said.

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26 July 2017 - Motorists urged to be vigilant on vehicle and tyre conditions during cold winter months

Recent free winter vehicle safety checks undertaken by the RACT across the state found more than half of the vehicles checked had safety issues related to tyres, lights, batteries and wipers.

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11 July 2017 - Freycinet Lodge work underway

Work has started to transform Freycinet Lodge on the state’s east coast with a sustainable, environmentally conscious development within Freycinet National Park.

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3 July 2017 - Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery "re-opened" with new name and focus

The RACT’s new Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery has been officially "re-opened" by RACT Patron, the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC.

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27 June 2017 - Need for proactive fuel pricing initiative

The profit margin of some Tasmanian petrol retailers continues to be too high when considering the current wholesale price, the RACT says.

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26 June 2017 - ‘Black ice’ a deadly factor on Tasmania’s roads in winter

With temperatures starting to dip overnight, motorists are urged to be mindful of black ice and to stay vigilant while driving in wet and frosty conditions.

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26 June 2017 - Cooler weather sparks home fire safety warning

With the chilly winter weather well and truly settling in across the state, Tasmanians are reminded of the risks of house fires and the need to be vigilant when heating their homes during the colder months.

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20 June 2017 - Vehicle Ownership Costs Increase

Higher interest rates and increasing fuel costs have increased the average cost of vehicle ownership by five per cent, the RACT says.

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2 June 2017 - RACT invests in regional tourism with new vessel for iconic Gordon River Cruises

The RACT has made a significant step forward in its commitment to growing regional tourism in Tasmania with the commissioning of a new vessel to cruise the iconic Gordon River.

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25 May 2017 - Road infrastructure funding welcome - further detail required

The RACT has welcomed the inclusion of a number of commitments for Tasmanian roads in this year’s state budget.

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18 May 2017 - Higher petrol costs for consumers

A proposal by the Federal Government to phase out regular unleaded petrol would result in a substantial price increase for consumers, the RACT says.

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8 May 2017 - RACT and Kidsafe Tasmania urges proper fitting of child restraints

Nearly 85 per cent of child restraints checked by the RACT – in partnership with Kidsafe Tasmania - since the end of 2015 have needed to be adjusted to be made safe.

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2 May 2017 - Call to maintain funding for Keys2Drive

The RACT is calling for federal funding to be maintained for a highly successful learner driver program in the 9 May federal budget.

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20 April 2017 - RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize celebrates 10 years of supporting young Tasmanian artists

RACT Insurance (RACTI) is marking 10 years of supporting young Tasmanian creative talent with the launch of the annual Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP), Tasmania’s premier portraiture competition.

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13 April 2017 - Enjoy Tasmania this Easter – but do it safely

The RACT has one simple message for Tasmanians and visitors to the state this Easter: "Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk."

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4 April 2017 - Fuel pricing app to benefit Tasmanian motorists from today

The RACT and GasBuddy have officially launched an app in Tasmania that provides real time fuel prices via a mobile device.

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24 March 2017 - 30 cent / litre petrol retail profit unprecedented

The profit margin some Tasmanian petrol retailers have made over the past weeks – and are continuing to make today – is unprecedented, RACT general manager Member Assist Darren Moody says.

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7 March 2017 - Research shows younger drivers are more likely to be distracted by mobile phones than any other age group

With students returning to university this past week, RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers has reminded younger drivers to switch their phones off while driving and stay alert on the roads.

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5 March 2017 - 2017 start date for Perth upgrade

The RACT has welcomed an announcement by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments that the biggest stage of the Midland Highway upgrade – the Perth Link Roads project – would begin two years earlier than scheduled.

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4 March 2017 - Proactive fuel pricing initiatives will benefit Tasmanian motorists

The RACT has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s steps to help consumers get timely and transparent petrol price information, describing the initiatives as a win for the Tasmanian motoring public.

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26 February 2017 - RACT bookings strong on the West Coast

Hotel room bookings at Strahan Village increased by nearly 20 per cent in January this year compared to January 2016.

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24 February 2017 - Hobart CBD traffic congestion requires urgent attention

The RACT has called on the Tasmanian Government to urgently implement all short-term recommendations in the Hobart Congestion Traffic Analysis prepared last year by the Department of State Growth.

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21 February 2017 - Australia's best cars for 2016/17 announced

The RACT has announced the winners of this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards, with the winner of the Best Medium Car under $50,000, the Mazda6 Touring, also recognised as the Judges’ Choice for 2016.

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3 February 2017 - Busy roads when schools return next week

The RACT has reminded motorists that a return to school next week by students across the state will mean more traffic on the road during peak periods and 40 km/h speed restrictions operating in school zones.

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25 January 2017 - Federal Budget submission identifies road spending priorities

The RACT has sought more than $1.4 billion in infrastructure spending for Tasmanian road improvements in a budget submission to the Federal Government.

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22 December 2016 - High risk of car crashes over holiday period

With the holiday season already underway for many Tasmanians and visitors to the state, RACT chief executive officer Harvey Lennon has urged all road users to take extra care on the roads in the coming weeks.

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