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Mandating Minimum Safety Standards for the Government Vehicle Fleet

The Tasmanian Government is setting standards for new cars across the Tasmanian Government Vehicle Fleet.

The Tasmanian Government has launched a ground-breaking initiative to improve the safety of the State Government's vehicle fleet. Government vehicles are also sold through the second-hand car market into the general Tasmanian vehicle fleet, improving the safety of Tasmania's vehicles.

The Tasmanian Government recognises the importance of vehicle safety in minimising road trauma and has decided to become a leader in this area. Tasmania is the first Australian jurisdiction to mandate a minimum safety standard for its entire Government vehicle fleet.

From July 2008 for vehicles to be included in the Tasmanian Government vehicle fleet contract they must either meet a:

  • A minimum four-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating.

OR, if no minimum four-star ANCAP rating,

  • A minimum set of safety features, namely:

For Passenger Vehicles

Mandatory

Optional 

Transition to Mandatory

Dual front airbags

Electronic Stability Control

2010

Side airbags (front) and/or Curtain Airbags  Curtain Airbags

2010

3-point seat belts Intelligent Speed Assistance

When commercially available

Antilock Braking System (ABS) Automatic Head Lamps & Daytime Running Lights  
Head restraints (minimum 4) Speed Alert System  
Seat belt reminder system Reversing sensors/ cameras where available   
Cargo barriers (fitted if available and if regularly carrying freight)    

For Commercial Vehicles

Mandatory

Optional 

Transition to Mandatory

Dual front airbags

Side airbags (front) and/or Curtain Airbags

2010

3-point seat belts (minimum 2 or 4) 3-point seat belts all positions

2010

Antilock Braking System (ABS) where available Electronic Stability Control

2012

Head restraints (minimum 4, 2 for utilities) Intelligent Speed Assistance

When commercially available

Seat belt reminder system Automatic Head Lamps & Daytime Running Lights  
Cargo barriers (fitted if available and if regularly carrying freight) Speed Alert System  
  Reversing sensors/ cameras where available   

This initiative is supported by a public education campaign that encourages the community to place importance on these safety features when purchasing new vehicles.