Tasmanian Driving Rules and Regulations- General
- Cars should drive on the left hand side of the road.
- Speed limits indicated by kilometres per hour (KPH) are strictly enforced by radar cameras. Reduced speed limits are enforced in School Zones during school hours (8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm).
- Everyone in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.
- Talking and texting on a mobile while in control of a vehicle is prohibited.
- Drink Driving laws apply and there are random breath tests on a regular basis.
- The driver should always carry a valid drivers license when driving.
- Remember – cars can overtake on both sides on a motorway.
- Children’s Car seats have to meet compliance regulations. http://www.kidsafetas.com.au/
- Third Party liability insurance is always compulsory and all insurance policies must be issued in Australia.
Information on Driver’s Licences in Tasmania
- You are required to carry with you your Drivers Licence at all times when you are driving in Tasmania. Tourists to Tasmania and short stay visitors (less than 90 days) can drive with their valid home country licence and a passport as additional ID.
- If your licence is other than in English, you must also carry an English translation with you. Failure to abide by these rules can result in an on the spot fine.
- It is a good idea to apply for an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), from your home country prior to departure. And IDP certifies your national licence and can be of benefit if you are stopped by the police or are in a road accident. Remember: An IDP must be supported by a valid home country driver’s licence and is not sufficient on its own as ID.
When do you need to obtain a Tasmanian Driver’s licence?
You can drive in Tasmania on your overseas licence if you
- are a visitor OR
- have a temporary visa (e.g. international students, refugees, working, holiday) OR
- have a permanent visa that has not been issued more than 3 months
Note: A New Zealand driver licence holder is treated the same as a driver with an interstate licence.
For more info go to: www.transport.tas.gov.au
How to get a Tasmanian Drivers Licence/Permit
You will need to visit your Tasmanian transport authority and present your home countries drivers licence (with translation if required), three original ID documents, such as passport, birth certificate or signed credit card and proof of your Australian address. You may be required to take an eye test and in some cases you will need to complete a driver/knowledge test and a practical driving test.
People from the following countries are exempt from having to take a Driver/Knowledge test and a practical Driving test, subject to having a valid home countries licence:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man (licences issued after 01/04/91), Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta (licences issues after 02.01.04), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.
If you are over 25 and from Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Bulgaria,Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa you also do not need to take the test.
If you are required to take a Knowledge and Drivers test you will need to pay the required fees. You will also need to make prior arrangements with your transport authority to take the test.
For Hobart &Tasmania go to www.transport.tas.gov.au
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