Leading the way for Tasmanians

We have a series of policies that outline our position on key Tasmanian mobility issues. 

They are based on evidence, experience and the priorities of our members and the broader Tasmanian Community.

We use them to create change and help make sure Tasmanians can move around our state in a safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient way.

Below is a snapshot of each of our policies with the full versions available for those interested enough to dig deeper!

Representing Tasmanian motorists

  • Our policy on representing Tasmanian motorists

    Background and Evidence

    Australian Automobile Association research shows that Hobart and Launceston have some of the least affordable transport costs in Australia when average income is considered. One of the reasons for this is that both cities have some of the most expensive fuel prices.

     

    In terms of traffic congestion, more than 85% of people in Greater Hobart drive a car to work, while 90% of the rest of Tasmania follow suit. Also, the AAA has found that Hobart is the fourth most congested capital city!

     

    Three key points in our Representing Tasmanian Motorists Policy:

    1. We reject any new state-based motoring taxes or fees that impact Tasmanian motorists.
    2. We want to see real time fuel pricing that makes it compulsory fuel retailers to report changes in their prices.
    3. We want to see the development of settlement strategies in key urban areas that consider transport, residential development and mixed-use areas as a way of easing congestion.

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Our policies on road safety

  • Safe Roads

    Background and Evidence

    On average, 300 people are seriously injured or killed on Tasmanian roads each year.

     

    Safe roads can help reduce the number crashes and minimise the severity of a crash. Common crashes are caused by a vehicle leaving the road, side impacts at intersections and head-on collisions.

     

    Designing roads to minimise the impacts of crashes can significantly reduce death and injury for road users. This can include:

    • Roadside barriers and flexible wire rope barriers
    • Wider sealed shoulders and medians, as well as overtaking lanes
    • Tactile ripple strips, visible pavement and line markings and signs
    • Roundabouts and traffic lights
    • Separated lanes or cycleways for cyclists, raised crossings for pedestrians and traffic calming.

     

    Three key points in our Safe Roads Policy:

    1. We support the upgrade of all highways to an AusRAP 3 star safety rating through a range of road upgrades.
    2. We want to see road authorities monitor road standards and undertake maintenance upgrades, or explore new road options.
    3. We want to see governments provide funding and resources for road safety strategies, enforcement and crash data programs.

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  • Safe Vehicles

    Background and Evidence

    Tasmania has the oldest vehicles in Australia. Our average vehicle age is 13 years, well above the national average of 10 years. This is a big problem because the average age of passenger vehicles involved in fatal and serious injury crashes in Tasmania is 12 years.

     

    Car safety technologies have contributed to a decline in deaths and injuries for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, including crash protection features (airbags and seatbelts) and crash avoidance features (electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking, anti-lock braking and traction control).

     

    Most new vehicles entering the Australian market are tested by ANCAP. Using a rating system from 0-5 stars, they determine the safety of a vehicle through a series of tests, including physical crash tests.

     

    Three key points in our Safe Vehicles Policy:

    1. We want to see the age of Tasmania’s vehicle fleet lowered to at least the national average by 2030.
    2. We want to see the compulsory fitting of autonomous emergency braking on new vehicles as well as anti-lock braking and combined braking systems on new motorcycles, and seatbelts on all new buses in Tasmania.
    3. We want to see vehicle safety certificates provided for the registration transfer of vehicles more than seven years old.

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  • Safe Speeds

    Background and Evidence

    Tasmania’s speed limits are based on Australian Standards, which explain how speeds will be determined by road function and application. This includes our default speed limits, which are 100km/h on rural roads, 50km/h on urban roads and 80km/h on gravel roads.

     

    These standards state that speed reductions due to crash numbers should only be allowed if other forms of road improvements can’t be done. This is unless a large section of road is of poor quality or unsafe.

     

    All road users have a range of crash tolerances, which are important in the setting of some speed limits:

    • An individual in a head-on crash: 70km/h.
    • An individual in a side-impact crash: 50km/h.
    • A driver’s tolerance on impact with a tree or pole: 40km/h.
    • A pedestrian being hit by a car: 30km/h.
    • A motorcyclist colliding with a car: 30km/h.


    Three key points in our Safe Speeds Policy:

    1. We support Tasmania’s default speed limits, as well as the setting of speed limits to be in line with the Australian Standards.
    2. We support the protection of emergency service workers, as well as our Roadside patrols, through Slow Down Move Over laws.
    3. We support the consideration of 30km/h limits in school zones as well as high pedestrian and cyclist areas. 

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  • Safe Road Users

    Background and Evidence

    The five most dangerous things you can do on the road are known as the Fatal Five: driving too fast, not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, not paying attention and driving tired. 

     

    Speeding is the leading cause of fatal and serious injury crashes in Tasmania (29%), followed by distraction (24%), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (24%), not wearing a seatbelt (9%) and fatigue (4%). 

     

    Research also shows young Tasmanian road users aged between 17-25 years are over-represented in serious casualty crashes, while elderly drivers are slightly under represented in serious casualty crashes.

     

    Three key points in our Safe Road Users Policy:

    1. We support the use of speed cameras with appropriate warning signage in Tasmania, as well as point-to-point speed cameras and Automatic Number Plate Recognition.
    2. We want to see the most comprehensive Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) in the country gradually introduced in Tasmania.
    3. We encourage motorists that are experiencing any permanent or long-term medical conditions to talk to their doctor about whether it may affect their driving ability.

     

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  • Heavy Vehicles

    Background and Evidence

    Heavy vehicles include semi-trailers, freight trucks and even buses. There are around 70,000 heavy vehicle licences in Tasmania, with about 48,000 trucks and 2,500 buses registered on our roads.

     

    However, despite making up just 8% of Tasmania’s registered vehicles, heavy vehicles contribute to almost half of annual kilometres travelled across the state. This impacts on the road network.

     

    Specifically, more than 25 million tonnes of freight is transported around Tasmania, with 46% coming from the North West, 32% from the North and 22% from the South.

     

    Three key points in our Heavy Vehicles Policy:

    1. We want to see freight vehicles removed from urban and residential areas at certain times, small rural towns and areas with a high number of pedestrians.
    2. We want a stricter road user charge for heavy vehicles based on location, time and distance of travel. This can help with maintenance and upgrades.
    3. We want to see more frequent rest areas on Tasmania’s freight routes in order to prevent fatigue-related crashes.

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Our policies on future mobility

  • Low and Zero Emission Mobility

    Background and Evidence

    Low and zero emission vehicles include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen powered vehicles. In Tasmania, These vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in Tasmania, due to our high renewable energy use.

     

    There are many barriers to electric vehicle uptake in Tasmania, including purchase price, a limited range of models, lack of public charging stations (leading to range anxiety), charging times and a low awareness.

     

    Here are some are other forms of low and zero emission transport:

    1. Electric public transport, including electric buses trams or trackless trams, light rail or trains, ferries and boats. 
    2. Other electric devices, such as e-bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards. These are known as micro mobility devices.
    3. Fuel cell electric vehicles, which operate through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen that powers an electric motor. These vehicles are well suited to heavy vehicle uses, such as buses, fleet vehicles, freight and ferries or barges, as this is the best use of hydrogen refuelling stations.


    Three key points in our Low and Zero Emission Mobility Policy:

    1. We support the growth of Tasmania’s public charging network, including slow, fast and ultra-fast chargers, as well as increases in electric fleets.
    2. We encourage a range of subsidies for electric vehicle charging and network upgrades, as well as other financial incentives to encourage people to buy electric vehicles.
    3. We support electric public transport, e-Bikes, e-Scooters and e-Skateboards as well as hydrogen technologies.

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  • Emerging Mobility Technologies

    Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles can provide safer, more efficient and sustainable transport options. They can reduce crashes and congestion, while improving transport access for youth, the elderly or those with disabilities.

     

    There are six levels of vehicle automation:

    1. Level 0: No automation (human driver controls all driving)
    2. Level 1: Driver assistance (lane guidance, cruise control and parallel parking)
    3. Level 2: Partial automation (adaptive cruise control and lane centering)
    4. Level 3: Conditional automation (vehicles performing all critical safety functions)
    5. Level 4: High automation (vehicles performing all the driving-related operations)
    6. Level 5: Full automation (driverless vehicle with no steering wheel)

     

    Other things we are interested in are:

     

    • Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, which allow vehicles to communicate with each other and the road environment. These technologies are located both on the road and inside cars.
    • Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which allows people to plan, book, and pay for all their transport through one mobile phone app.

     

    Three key points in our Emerging Mobility Technologies Policy:

    1. We want to see laws and a framework put in place to ensure autonomous vehicles can operate in Tasmania.
    2. We encourage trials to show Tasmanians a glimpse of the future and what is possible.
    3. We want to see Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and Mobility as a Service trialled and then established in Tasmania.

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Our policies on sustainability

  • Active Transport

    Background and Evidence

    Active transport can reduce transport costs, congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving health outcomes. Bicycles and pedestrians also use less room on the road.

     

    Some of the barriers to active transport in Tasmania are:

    • Only 8% of people in Hobart walk or ride to work. As for the rest of Tasmania, this figure is just 6%.
    • There are no separated cycling lanes, which stops people from riding because they don’t feel safe.
    • Many people live in suburban or outlying areas, which are long distances to walk or ride to work or school. This is known as urban sprawl.
    • Bus stops are also beyond walking distance for some people living outside city areas. This is known as "first and last mile” transport.

     

    Three key points in our Active Transport Policy:

    1. We support the separation of cars from cyclists and pedestrians through separated cycleways and walkways to make sure people feel safe.
    2. We support links between Tasmanian cities and suburbs through investment in new active transport links to public transport.
    3. We support the current laws for vehicles passing around cyclists.

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  • Public Transport

    Background and Evidence

    Public transport can reduce congestion and increase healthy travel options as people can walk or ride at both ends of the journey between home, school or work. There can also be an important social aspect.

     

    Some of the barriers to public transport in Tasmania are:

    • Only 6% of people in Hobart use public transport to get to work. As for the rest of Tasmania, this figure is just 2%.
    • A lot of people live in places where public transport isn’t very frequent or doesn’t run at all. It can also be too far for people to walk or ride the nearest bus stop.
    • There are also no bus priority lanes - which means trips are longer - as well as expensive tickets and a lack of up to date information about timetables, fares or routes.


    Three key points in our Public Transport Policy:

    1. We want to see high frequency, fast, reliable and affordable public transport in our cities.
    2. We want to see easy and safe access for people walking or riding to public transport.
    3. We support other public transport options, such as ferries, light rail, electric buses and trackless trams.

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  • Fuel

    Background and Evidence

    Research from the Australian Automobile Association regularly shows that Hobart is the most expensive capital city for fuel, with drivers spending around $80 per week. Launceston is also among the most expensive regional cities in Australia, with drivers spending around $90 per week.

     

    We are working to help reduce fuel prices in Tasmania in a number of ways.

     

    Three key points in our Fuel Policy:

    1. We support real-time fuel price reporting in Tasmania, where retailers must update any changes to their prices, as well as enforcement of this initiative.
    2. We want to see the Tasmanian Government and the ACCC monitor the cost of fuel and address any excessive prices.
    3. We support replacing the federal fuel excise with a road user charge, which will charge people and businesses based on how much they use the road.

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  • Land Use Planning and Mobility

    Background and Evidence

    Tasmania’s planning system is set out by a number of laws and strategies that help governments manage land use planning, roads and transport.

     

    However, this system is not being properly followed to manage Tasmania’s rapidly increasing population. This results in our cities being spread out further, known as to urban sprawl, which is causing traffic congestion.

     

    Good land use planning can help reduce congestion by increasing housing density around key roads as well as bus, cycling and walking routes. Pushing housing further outside cities, while not improving the road network, can worsen congestion.

     

    Three key points in our Land Use Planning and Mobility Policy:

    1. We want to see Tasmania’s planning system used to help reduce congestion.
    2. We want to see governments focus on how major development can impact traffic congestion.
    3. We support the development of settlement strategies for our cities that encourage people to live closer to work, school, public and active transport as well as community spaces.

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