Driving around Tasmania

Speed Limits

In built up areas, the speed limit is 50km per hour, unless a different speed limit sign is displayed. Outside built-up areas the speed limit is 100km per hour unless a sign tells you otherwise.

Wear Seatbelts - It’s the Law

Every driver and passenger must wear a seatbelt or approved restraint system.

Driver’s Licence - Carry it On You - It’s the Law

A driver’s licence is a privilege, not a right. The law requires you to carry your driver’s licence when you are driving in Tasmania.

Mobile Phones

It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving in Tasmania.

Don’t Drink and Drive

There are heavy penalties for driving while intoxicated or affected by drugs. Police frequently conduct random testing throughout Tasmania.

Common Road Rules

  • Drive Left- In two-way traffic, motor vehicles are operated on the left hand side of the road. Keep left at all times in two-way traffic.
  • Zip/Merge rule - When you’re in a line of traffic moving the same way, give way to any vehicle ahead of you. This sometimes means giving way to the vehicle on your left. The rule only applies where there are no lanes marked on the road.
  • Give Way - where two vehicles are converging on the same place at such speed as to risk a collision, the driver on the left must give way to the vehicle on the right UNLESS one of them is confronted with a “Give Way” sign or a “Stop” sign.
  • A driver facing a “Stop” sign or a “Give Way” sign must give way to all other traffic.
  • Stop Sign - At a “Stop”: sign you must bring your vehicle to a complete “stop” before entering the intersection. Also, you must give way to pedestrians who are crossing the street into which you are turning.
  • T-junction - At a T-junction the driver approaching the junction along the terminating road must give way to all traffic on the continuing road unless the traffic on the continuing roads is faced with a “Stop” or “Give Way” sign.
  • Turn Left at Any Time with Care - Where a “Turn Left at Any Time With Care” sign is erected you may turn left at all times but you must give way to pedestrians and vehicles in the intersecting street.
  • Slip Lane - Where a slip lane is provided the vehicle using the slip lane must give way to all traffic.
  • Roundabout - The give-way-to-the-right rule applies to drivers entering a roundabout. However, drivers should approach these areas at a speed that will allow others to merge safely.
  • Turning Right at an Intersection - When turning right at an intersection you must give way to oncoming traffic which is turning to its left, unless a sign tells you otherwise. Don’t turn in front of an oncoming vehicle proceeding straight ahead.
  • Road Surface Arrows - Road Surface Arrows are an instruction to follow the directions indicated. If you’re not in the correct lane for your chosen direction you can change lanes only after signalling your intention, only if it’s safe to do so and only before reaching any intersection or junction. Under no circumstances may you change lanes at an intersection or junction.

How long will it take to get from A to B?

Ask Tasmanians how far is it and they’ll most likely respond in hours and minutes, not kilometres.

Tasmanian roads are generally very good, but high country and remote regions often have winding roads which zig-zag up and down valleys and through scenic forests.

So, if you’re travelling from say, Queenstown to Strahan to catch the Gordon River Cruise, don’t be fooled by the apparently short distance from Queenstown.

Unsuitable Roads

See Booking and Payment Conditions.

What do I do in case of a breakdown?

Our staff work for you throughout your entire holiday!

While regular maintenance prevents the majority of on-the-road repairs, problems can still arise.

Our staff will be ready to help and arrangements will be made promptly to ensure minimum disruption to your holiday enjoyment.

It’s our wish that you don’t continue your holiday with any problem, whatever the nature of it.

Emergency help is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, via the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania’s “Roadside Assistance”.

Parking Fines

Before you leave town, please pay the local authorities for any parking fees you incur. Fines increase if not paid on time and then need to be sent to your home or business address.

Speeding Fines

The Police forward the Infringement Notice to us. We then advise the Police of your name and address, and the notice is re-sent to you.

What to do if you have an Accident?

We hope you don’t, but if you do and want to avoid extra liability -

  1. Don’t admit liability to any person or promise settlement.
  2. Where there’s damage (no matter how slight) to the rental vehicle, other vehicle and/or property damage, complete the Damage/Accident notes in the Rental Wallet.
  3. In the event of an injury, make a report to the Police within 24 hours (as required under the Traffic Regulations).
  4. Report details to our nearest location immediately by phone.
  5. Call at our nearest location within 24 hours to fill out a damage/accident report form.

A replacement vehicle will not be considered until this report has been processed and any liability amount has been paid.