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Late last year RACT piloted the new RoadSafe website at four Tasmanian primary schools, which demonstrated high levels of student engagement and benefits above and beyond road safety learnings. Read More

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Road infrastructure announcements for the Bridgewater Bridge and the Launceston and Tamar Valley Traffic Vision are both positive announcements for the future of road infrastructure investment in the State. Read More

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Petrol prices and road safety at Christmas. A message from RACT Group chief executive Harvey Lennon. Read More

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The RACT has applauded the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision to oppose BP Australia Pty Ltd’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths Limited’s retail service station sites. Read More

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The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is urging us all to be prepared for summer, with the Southern Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook saying Tasmania will experience 'above normal fire potential' in parts of the state. Read more

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With the long summer holidays nearly upon us, we urge you to make sure your vehicle is summer-ready before you hit the road. Read more

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​As the building of the new vessel for Gordon River Cruises on Tasmania’s west coast continues to progress, we can now reveal some more exciting news for the company.
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The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has attributed a rise in household spending on transport to increasing government fees and charges. Read more


Primary school students in grade three and four will get to learn more about road safety with the new online resource RACT RoadSafe. Read more


At the Regional Advisory Committee Forum at Cradle Mountain Hotel in September, three workshops were conducted with committee members and stakeholders, with some key action items to be looked at in the coming months. Read more


When faced with row upon row of black rubber with different brands and price points, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to buying new tyres for your vehicle. Here are some things you need to consider. Read more

RACT is continuing to invest in regional Tasmania, this time through the new and expanded outlet in Devonport’s CBD. Read more

The RACT has welcomed the approval by the Tasmanian Parliament of a Code of Practice for fuel price boards, which will oblige petrol stations to only display undiscounted petrol prices. Read more


A wild, psychedelic portrait titled Worm as Chameleon by Hobart's Laura Gillam has taken out the top award at the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize.
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RACT has launched its Tasmanian election priorities ahead of the upcoming State election due in March 2018. Read​ more​

Tasmania Police is reminding drivers not to run the gauntlet on our roads​ and put lives in danger by ignoring red and yellow traffic signals. A recent blitz caught 14 drivers in just one hour. Read more​

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With the season getting closer, the Hobart Hurricanes are ready to fire up Tasmanian crowds and RACT members can get 10% discount on Hurricanes membership packages. Read more​


After three years of lobbying by the RACT, the introduction of consistent fuel pricing on display at stations statewide is a step closer, with the tabling today of fuel price board legistlation in state parliament. Read more​


Work has commenced to transform Freycinet Lodge on Tasmania's East Coast, with an environmentally sensitive and architecturally innovative ​accommodation offering. Read more​


Rise in vehicle ownership costs - Higher interest rates and increasing fuel costs have increased the average cost of vehicle ownership by 5% our latest survey has found. Read more​


​The Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery has been officially re-opened by RACT Patron, the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC. Read more​


With changes complete to allow vehicles to zip merge on the western approach to the Holyman Ave roundabout near the Hobart Airport on the Tasman Highway, we’ve a little guide on the rules around zip merging. Read more


​Holden is having a big year. It started with the launch of the new Spark, then the Astra Hatch, followed closely by a new member to the Astra family, the Sedan. Read more


 ​More of Tasmania's roads are to be lined with virtual fence units designed to prevent Tasmanian devils and other native animals becoming roadkill.​ Read more. Read more


​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.​ Read more


RACT has welcomed the inclusion of a number of commitments to improve Tasmanian roads in this year's State Budget, but wants to see more information on the priorities for future infrastructure spending. Read more


​Analysis by ANCAP has revealed the high incidence of fatalities in the occupants of older vehicles – and new testing has dramatically demonstrated the improvements in safety during the past 20 years.​ Read more


Four car wrecks will be positioned beside major roads as part of Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week from 7-14 May. Landmarks will also be lit in yellow. Read more



​RACT Patrols and Contractors often see the result of poor maintenance out on the roadside during the cold, dark winter months. ​​There are some simple checks you can make to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready. Read more


​The RACT is calling for funding to be maintained for a highly successful learner driver safety program "keys2drive" in the next Federal Budget.​  Read more​


RACT has encouraged motorists to check their vehicles before they hit the road this Easter and have offered a checklist to get you home safely including the Driver Reviver locations across the state​. Read more


A life changing gesture - A small ceremony in Margate has made a big difference in the life of a young Huon Valley woman when she was given a free car. Read more



Channel Nine's TODAY show broadcast live from Strahan Village last week, and our team did an amazing job showcasing the West Coast destination to the rest of Australi​a.​ Read more​​


Tasmania Police are reminding motorists to make the right choices when out on the roads during the Easter period. Police today launched Operation Crossroads, which will run from 13-19 April inclusive. Read more


​Engineering youth e​ngagement​. Nestled in the hills behind Margate in Tasmania’s south, two men are working to make a difference in young people’s l​ives. EVA CRIPPS tells us more. Read more



Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council. This year, RACT Insurance had the pleasure of being involved in two separate Relay for Life events in Tasmania - Hobart and Penguin. Read more


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. Read more


The RACT continues to be concerned over the future of Keys2Drive, a Federal Government program that better prepares inexperienced drivers to go it alone on the road, which is not funded beyond 30 June. Read more



​Tasmanian motorists are set to benefit from a move to ensure continuity in the way fuel prices are displayed around the state. Read more



​​Thinking of heading to Ten Days on the Island? Unsure of which event to attend? We share five of the best, plus a couple of others we just couldn't go past.​ Read more


Thinking of travelling to Japan for the cherry blossom season? Travelling with small children? We have some hints and tips for making your journey a lot smoother.​ Read more​



​Did you know, even if you are stopped at traffic lights, you cannot pick up your mobile phone? This is classified as using a mobile phone while driving. For more road rules around mobile phone use in vehicles in Tasmania. Read more​


Popular Hobart hotel steps into the future. A $10.6 million upgrade of the RACT/RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel has been completed, giving members and visitors improved facilities and greater choice. Read more


Tasmania Police has said poor driving behaviour by some Hobart motorists is contributing to traffic congestion in the CBD and asked drivers to help ease the congestion by obeying road rules and showing courtesy to fellow motorists. Read more​



The RACT partnership with United Petroleum is almost a year old, so we thought it timely to re-share some helpful reminders on how to take full advantage of your membership card to save 6 cents per litre on fuel. Read more



Motorists are urged to be vigilant around school zones and called on the State Government to do more to address traffic congestion, which is likely to increase again as students return next week.​  Read m​​ore​​​​


The RACT is warning motorists to do their homework before buying a vehicle after independent vehicle safety advocate Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) revealed a two-star rating for the popular Ford Mustang.​Read m​​ore​​



​Heading away this Australia Day long weekend? Our road safety team have given us some top tips to stay safe on the road this long weekend including checking the weather, road closures and car servicing. Read m​​ore 



Journeys magazine editor Paula Sward has fond childhood memories of spending long summer days on the beaches of Tasmania’s North-West Coast. ​In an effort to recreate those memories Paula and her family are jumping in an Apollo campervan and heading north-west. Read m​​ore


The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today announced the 45 finalists in the 2016 Australia's Best Cars awards, the most comprehensive, objective and transparent awards program in the country.​ Read m​​ore


​Motorists urged to protect older vehicles​ - Tasmania Police is calling on owners of cars that are more than 10 years old to help deter thieves by installing security measures. Read m​​ore


Fuel prices are on the increase around the state and look unlikely to dip significantly any time soon. Here are some tips to fight fuel price rise. Read more



The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will again fill the skies with musical delights when RACT Symphony under the Stars returns in February.​ Read more


​Each year, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) puts new vehicles through their paces and rates them on safety. This can assist motorists when making a decision on purchasing a new vehicle. Read more


Until technology and car manufacturers come up with a vehicle that never breaks down you need to plan what to do to minimise your chances of being stuck by the side of the road. Read our 5 tips for keeping your car on the road this summer. Read more


​From alpine forests to rocky outcrops, sandy beaches to teeming waterfalls, Tasmania is home to some of the most stunning short walks. We’ve compiled five of the best in each region.​ Read more​​​


Tasmania Police is asking drivers to keep in mind the "Fatal Five" contributors to road deaths – speed, seatbelts, alcohol and drugs, distraction and fatigue – during the Christmas/New Year period. Read more​​​


Many Tasmanians love getting out and about on the water, especially during summer. However, with our unpredictable weather conditions and changing waterways, it is important to ensure you, your family and friends are safe. Read more​​


The RACT has welcomed the State Government's new Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries on the state's roads. ​ Read more



If you're hitting the road this summer, there ​may be some thi​ngs you need to watch out for. The following is a handy checklist to use before you get behind the wheel. Read more



Five of the best outdoor events. With the summer holiday fast approaching, we have a guide to five of the best outdoor events for you to enjoy, no matter what your passion. Read more


RACT is today lodging a development application for an upgrade at Freycinet Lodge that will open up the opportunity for all members and guests to enjoy the unique vistas of Tasmania's stunning eastern coastline. Read more



Purple reign: a new era dawns. There's something new happening in the world of cricket. It used to be the only fireworks you'd see at a game were those between Aussie quick Dennis Lillee and Pakistan's Javed Miandad. Read more



​​The RACT and the RSPCA have urged motorists not to leave children or pets in hot vehicles this summer.​ Even on a mild day, such as today's 22C, the temperature inside a car parked in the sun could be as high as 65C. Read more


It’s that time of year, when Tasmanians are tuning up their vocal chords in preparation for the Christmas carols season. We have compiled details of events at major centres around the state.​ Read more


RACT Insurance is proud to be a major sponsor of this years Carols by Candlelight. Join the RACT team as they celebrate Christmas with a night of fun and all your favourite carols. Read more


​​Tasmania Police has advised motorists of road closures and possible delays this Saturday (December 3) due to the annual Motorcycle Riders Association Toy Run.​ Read more


The RACT has welcomed the State Government’s campaign to raise awareness of the safety o​​f roadside workers, saying near-misses with our roadside patrols and members were a worrying trend Read more


The December/January issue of Journeys magazine is out this week. In this issue we have created a handy reference guide to use during the summer months. ​To read the magazine online, or for competition terms and conditions​ ​Read more



RACT is reminding recently elected MHRs and Senators of their election promises and the organisation's current priority issues including a number of road safety issues. Read more


​Our new RACT Roadside advertising campaign is a different take on the Right Royal Service brand focusing on a humorous and slightly over-the-top approach to the way our roadside patrols undertake training. Read more​​


Young Tasmanians rise to the challenge to create and produce a TV ad which shows the importance of road and traffic issues. Read more​



RACT is committed to being actively engaged in the Tasmanian community and strives to support opportunities for our employees to participate in volunteer work where they can "give back". Read more


​It may surprise some locals that Hobart has been identified as having the lowest transport costs in the country. Therefore, does that mean we have nothing to complain about? Read more


You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire. ​​Burning material, embers and smoke can travel beyond bushland areas, which is why it is essential to have a bushfire survival plan. ​ Read more


Whether you've been unable to avoid an animal or you're the first on the scene after an incident, assisting injured or orphaned wildlife can be confronting. Here are some tips to ensure you, and the animal can get help safely. Read more


Our General Manager of Member Assist is testing the range of electric vehicles over five days throughout Tasmania, to determine if they will be a viable alternative transport for use in the near future. Read more​​


Being an RACT member gives you even more with our rejuvenated Royal Rewards member benefits program. You'll have direct access to exclusive offers, rewards, savings and events from business across Tasmania and Australia. Read more



RACT is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Black Dog Ride which is happening right here in Tasmania from 10 October – 16 October. They begin their journey in Hobart and travel all around the state finishing at New Norfolk.​ Read more



An agreement between the ACCC and major online accommodation booking sites such as means our Destinations properties will soon be able to offer a better deal than the price promoted online. Read more


United Petroleum has introduced a number of unmanned sites across the state, increasing member access to our 6c per litre discount. For a list of locations and detailed instructions Read more ​


Want to take part in this years colour run? Held on Saturday 8 October, the Bloomin' Festival will offer you the opportunity to enjoy this, along with local art, music and food. Read more


Mo​re than half of all Tasmanians wouldn’t know what to do if they hit an animal on the road The research showed that just 49 per cent knew the correct steps to follow should they hit an animal with their car. Read more


Cradle Mountain Hotel's restaurant and bar are once again operating as the extensive and exciting renovation draws to a close.. Read more​ 


RACT holds regular information sessions around Tasmania for learner drivers and parents/supervisors to attend together. The sessions cover getting your L1's, L2's, and P - plates. Read more​


​Australia has made another step towards a driverless future with the start of an on-road trial of the country's first fully driverless and electric shuttle bus in Western Australia. Read more​


There are many factors to consider when travelling with your child in the car but one of the most important ones is when is the right time to change their child restraints? Read more​


Our Roadside patrolman Brian recently completed an Auslan course so that he could go the extra mile to give Right Royal Service to our RACT members on the roads. Read more​​