Just a few things that visitors should know before visiting The East Coast of Tasmania.
In an emergency situation, Police, Fire and Ambulance services can be contacted on the one 3 digit number: 000. This is a free call. This number is only for emergencies a flat tyre is not an emergency.
Police assistance can be sought from your nearest police station, however, if you are uncertain of your nearest location, you can call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All motorists drive on the left side of the road.
A 50km/h speed limit applies to urban streets unless otherwise signposted.
The maximum speed limit is 100km/h unless otherwise signposted.
Wearing a seatbelt at all times is mandatory for drivers and passengers.
Drivers must carry their drivers licence and produce it to a police officer if requested. Overseas visitors must carry an English translation of their licence.
Motorcyclists and bicycle riders must wear an approved helmet and are advised to wear reflective clothing for increased visibility.
It is illegal to drive a vehicle while using a mobile telephone. Please use a hands free device, or pull over safely to make or receive calls.
Many of our roads are narrow and winding, driving conditions may be different to what you are used to. Care and attention are advised, especially as we have many natural wonders to gaze at along your journey.
It is an offence to drive a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescription or illicit).
You are breaking the law if you drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 0.05%.
If you fall into any of the following categories, you will be breaking the law if you drive with any alcohol in your body
Provisional, Learner or unlicensed drivers
Driving a vehicle with a gross mass exceeding 4.5 tonnes
Driving a vehicle designed and constructed to carry 13 or more adult passengers, including the driver
Driving a public passenger vehicle.
It is also illegal to drive a motor vehicle with illicit drugs in your blood. Our officers are equipped and authorised to stop and test anyone they suspect of driving under the influence. If a test proves positive for the presence of a drug you may be charged and fined.
It is illegal to sell, lend, give or supply any tobacco product to, or for the use of, any child. Tobacco can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age.
Smoke-free areas in Tasmania were established under the Public Health Act 1997. It is not permitted to smoke within indoor public places, including offices, shopping centres, factories, hospitals, bars, gaming areas, restaurants, corridors, toilets, function rooms and movie theatres.
There are penalties for people who smoke in smoke free areas.
Smoke-free vehicle laws ban smoking in vehicles carrying children under the age of 18. A $120 infringement notice can be issued on the spot for the offence.