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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.

27/09/2017 - 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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25/09/2017 - 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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22/09/2017 - 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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14/09/2017 - 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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01/09/2017 - 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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28/08/2017 - 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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20/08/2017 - 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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09/08/2017 - 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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26/07/2017 - 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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11/07/2017 - 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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03/07/2017 - 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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27/06/2017 - 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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26/06/2017 - ‘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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26/06/2017 - 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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20/06/2017 - 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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02/06/2017 - 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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25/05/2017 - 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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18/05/2017 - 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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08/05/2017 - 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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02/05/2017 - 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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20/04/2017 - 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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13/04/2017 - 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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04/04/2017 - 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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24/03/2017 - 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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07/03/2017 - 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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05/03/2017 - 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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04/03/2017 - 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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26/02/2017 - 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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24/02/2017 - 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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21/02/2017 - 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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03/02/2017 - 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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25/01/2017 - 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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22/12/2016 - 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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16/12/2016 - Freycinet Lodge development application

The RACT has submitted a Development Application to the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council for its proposed development concept at Freycinet Lodge.

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12/12/2016 - Never leave children alone in a hot car

The RACT and the RSPCA has urged parents not to leave children or pets in locked cars this summer. Between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 the RACT rescued 60 children – and 37 pets – locked in parked car in hot weather.

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02/12/2016 - Support for ride sharing

Consumers should have access to a range of public transport options, providing all measures are undertaken to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, the RACT says.

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24/11/2016 - Slow down for road workers campaign

The RACT has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s latest campaign that focuses attention on the safety of roadside workers.

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18/11/2016 - Election road an traffic priorities

The RACT has reminded recently elected MHRs and Senators of their election promises and the organisation’s current priority issues.

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11/11/2016 - Children's expo to deliver child safety messages

The RACT, Kidsafe and Lady Gowrie want Tasmanian children and their families to have a safe and fun summer.

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26/10/2016 - Child restraint installation safety checks

The RACT is reminding motorists of the importance of correctly fitting child restraints in motor vehicles after finding too many potentially life-threatening fitting errors at checks conducted over the past four months.

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21/10/2016 - Sustainable electric tour of Tasmania

The RACT is road testing the range electric vehicles can travel on Tasmania’s unique roads and topography to determine if they will be a viable alternative transport mode for Tasmanians in the future.

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18/10/2016 - Top priorities identified for black spot funding​

The RACT has recommended six traffic sites be considered for black spot funding as part of its commitment to improve road safety and reduce crashes and trauma on the state's roads.  ​

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10/10/2016 - Average commute time in Tasmania is 43 minutes

Following a spate of road incidents on Tasmanian roads today (10 October), the RACT has released the findings of a national survey of motorists that reveals the average commute time in Tasmania is an unacceptably high 43 minutes.

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​​05/09/2016 - Tasmanian Devils and other wildlife paying the price for a lack of driver awareness

Less than half of all Tasmanians say they would not know what to do if they hit an animal on the road, and the number is even lower in younger age groups.

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01/09/2016 - Funding required for Bass Highway concepts

Concept plans developed by the Waratah Wynyard Council to improve a number of intersections on the Bass Highway near Wynyard have been welcomed by the RACT.

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15/08/2016 - Research conducted by RACT Insurance has shown 68% of Tasmanians say hooning is an issue on our road

Tasmanian’s have serious concerns over hooning on our streets, new RACT Insurance data has revealed.

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12/08/2016 - Important road safety message for young drivers

Sixteen-year-old Alex Peroni may drive single seater racecars in Europe at speeds reaching 250 km/h, but he has recently discovered that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to driving on Tasmanian roads.

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11/08/2016 - Petrol retail profit again at unacceptably high levels

Less than a month after an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report on the Launceston petrol market found the gap between interstate and Tasmanian prices had closed in the first six months of the year, retail margins in Tasmania have again increased to unacceptably high levels.

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04/08/2016 - Scholarship win for RACT Destinations' Will Barbour

The RACT’s Will Barbour has been announced as the successful recipient of a professional exchange scholarship that will see him travel to the Fujian province on China’s south-east coast for a two-week period.

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01/08/2016 - Increased number of house fires a serious concern

RACT Insurance are urging all Tasmanians to take the necessary measures to protect their homes and loved ones from a potential house fire after recent RACT Insurance claims data revealed the number of major house fires across Tasmania have increases by 36.2 per cent over the past four years, compared to the four years previous.

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28/07/2016 - Great Eastern Wine Weekend

East Coast tourism operators have once again joined forces with Freycinet Lodge to showcase the region’s finest food and signature drops as part of the Great Eastern Wine Weekend.

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27/07/2016 - West Coast to benefit from development fund

Applications can now be officially lodged to receive funding under a $500,000 joint RACT-Tasmanian Government West Coast Experience Loan Fund.

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18/07/2016 - Tasmanian travel agency group again recognised as Australia's best

Tasmanian travel agency group RACT Travel has shown why it’s considered one of the best in the travel industry taking out an award for the third year running at The National Tourism Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney.

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18/07/2016 - RACT welcomes petrol price report, hopes for change

The RACT hopes that an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report on the Launceston petrol market – and its arrangement with United Petroleum to offer an 8c per litre and then 6c per litre discount – will lead to cheaper petrol prices for Tasmanians.

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15/07/2016 - Fuel pricing transparency in Tasmania

The RACT has called on the Tasmanian Government to bring fuel pricing standards into the digital age through legislation that would force retailers to publish prices in real time.

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12/07/2016 - Federal Election promises must be kept

The RACT has welcomed comments in the Tasmanian media this week attributed to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz assuring Tasmanians that all election promises would be kept now that the Coalition has claimed victory.

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01/07/2016 - Freycinet update

The RACT has revised its proposed development concept for Freycinet Lodge on the east coast.

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