RACT 2019 Federal Election Priorities

While Tasmanians gear up to return to the polls next month for the 2019 Federal Election, and RACT has been busy preparing it funding priorities.

​​​​​​​​​​We have kept an eye on road-related commitments made by each of the major parties and combined these with issues you have made us aware of over the years.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​We have also cosidered Tasmanian crash data, Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) data and RACT Advoacy Advisory Committee input to identify these funding priorities.

​The table below represents RACT's priorities and commitments by the three major parties.

​The key road priorities have been identified as:

Bass Highway 10 year plan
1  Bass Highway (Christmas Hills)​Funding for safety upgrades
2  Bass Highway (Parramatta Creek)​New passing lanes
 Bass Highway (Wynyard intersections)​Additional funding of up to $15 million to consolidate intersections
 Bass Highway (Wynyard to Marrawah)​Funding for safety upgrades in addition to $400 million for roads of strategic importance funding already committed

Major Projects​ ​
​​Bridgewater Bridge​$576 million towards replacement bridge​​​$461 million towards replacement bridge​$100 towards replacement bridge
6  Eastern Hobart Approach - Sorell/Midway Point causeways, airport roundabout and Tasman Bridge​Additional funding to improve traffic flow from eastern and south east suburbs into Hobart​$130 million for the Hobart to Sorell corridor
​​30-year Greater Hobart Mobility VisionLiberalsLaborGreens
7 Hobart Traffic Congestion​Congestion relieving measures​$25 million towards Hobart Congestion Package

$10 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions

Launceston Traffic Solutions​ ​
Tamar Bridge​Feasibility, design and construction of a new Tamar Bridge for Launceston
​​​Tasmanian Tourist Roads​​LiberalsLaborGreens
8 Hastings Caves Road​Funding for safety upgrades
9 Wielangta Road​Upgrade connection between East Coast & Tasman Peninsula
10 Richmond Road between Cambridge and Richmond​Complete current works

11 Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck​Funding for safety upgrades

12 Bruny Island​Funding for safety upgrades
13 Stanley Highway​Lane widening and shoulder sealing
​​ ​Road Safety Upgrades​LiberalsLabor​Greens
14  West Tamar Highway (Craythorne Road to Atkinsons Road)​Funding for safety upgrades
15  Huon Highway Sandfly Junction​Funding for safety upgrades
16  East Tamar Highway (Alanvale)​Funding for safety upgrades
17 East Tamar Highway
​Funding for a flyover at the Mowbray Connector
All HighwaysLiberals
17​ ​Upgrade to minimum 3 Star AusRAP rating ​

​​Future Mobility and Sustainability​Liberals​Labor​Greens
18 Electric Vehicles​​Invest in charging stations and incentive programs to increase fleet uptake​​Setting a national electric vehicle target of 50% new car sales by 2030. 

Setting an government EV target of 50% of ​purchases/leases of passenger vehicles by 2025

Businesses allowed to immediately deduct 20% depreciation for EV vehicles valued at more than $20,000 as part of private fleets
19 Prepare for autonomous vehicles​Explore opportunities for a trial

To have your say visit the My Money My Transport​