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F or some time the R ACT has been calling for action to
remedy the fuel price difference between Tasmania and
The annual Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC) report, Monitoring of the Australian
petroleum industry 2014 that investigates prices, costs and
profits of unleaded petrol in Australia, revealed that the
national average for 2013/14 was 150.6 cents per litre.
Tasmania’s average for the same period was 162 cents per
litre. This price difference needs to be explained.
We were therefore very pleased to see the statement from
Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff just before Christmas
2014 calling on the ACCC to immediately commence an
investigation into fuel prices in our state.
‘Fuel prices are of particular concer n in Tasmania, where
consumers are charged significantly higher prices than
customers in other jurisdictions,’ Deputy Premier Rockliff
His call followed a visit to Tasmania by the Federal Minister
for Small Business, Bruce Billson, who announced that the
ACCC had been granted more power to investigate fuel
To learn that our political leaders have put their voice to our
concern is particularly gratifying. The reality in Tasmania
is that there are very few independent petrol retailers left
to drive competition – most service stations are owned by
supermarkets or are fuel company-owned sites. This means
that Tasmanian motorists do not benefit from price cycles
and more competition like interstate motorists.
So what can be done?
For starters, the report I referenced above just looks at
Australia’s five largest cities but ignores Hobart, Canberra,
Darwin and many other regional locations across Australia.
The ACCC report provides motorists in larger interstate cities
with important price information to allow them to better
plan their petrol purchases and ultimately save them money
at the bowser. There is no reason why Tasmanian motorists
should not be benefiting from the same information.
I’m pleased to report that R ACT President Peter Joyce was
elected President of the Australian Automobile Association
in November 2014. The A AA is the peak advocacy body for
Australia’s automobile clubs, including the R ACT. In this role
Peter will have the opportunity to lead the AAA as it lobbies
on behalf of Australia’s motorists on a range of issues. These
include a fairer share of fuel excise and motor taxes being
applied to maintaining and improving road infrastructure; a
fairer deal at the fuel bowser; and access to vehicle data that
can improve choice and competition in repairing vehicles.
T he Department of State Growth has informed the R ACT of
some important changes that all drivers need to understand
Speed limit changes for L2 and P1 car drivers
From 2 March 2015 new ma ximum speed limits for L2 and P1 car
drivers and heavy vehicle learners will increase in higher speed
zones from 80km/h to 90km/h in 90km/h and 100 km/h zones;
and to 100km/h in 110km/h zones.
The change will reduce the speed difference between L2 and P1
car drivers, heavy vehicle learners and fully-licensed drivers. This
will improve traffic flow and make it easier for all to share the
Increasing the speed limit for L2 car drivers will also allow them to
gain experience driving at higher speeds while being super vised,
so as P1 car drivers they can drive solo safely.
Speed limits are not targets – maintain a safe speed and always
drive to the conditions, especially on rural roads.
L2 driving assessments
The State Government has removed barriers to make the process
easier for getting a novice driver’s licence. Authorised driving
instructors have been able to do L2 driving assessments during
daylight hours, seven days a week from 10 December last year.
Someone who wants to book an L2 driving assessment has
the option of using either a government driving assessor or an
authorised driving instructor for the same fee, which provides
choice and greater flexibility for L2 applicants and their
supervisor y drivers. Waiting times are expected to reduce.
learners – and a
RACT Driver Trainer Glenn Coppleman with learner-driver Emily Thompson – on the day that she
passed her P1 test!
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