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Government Vehicle Fleet - Minimum Safety Standards

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

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources has reviewed the standards established in 2008 to continue to improve the overall standard of the Government 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.

From the 1st of January 2014 for vehicles to be included in the Tasmanian Government vehicle fleet contract they must either meet a:

For Passenger Vehicles

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

OR, if no minimum five-star ANCAP rating,

  • A minimum set of safety features, namely:

Mandatory

Optional, but highly recommended where available

Electronic Stability Control

Automatic Head Lamps & Daytime Running Lights

Dual Front Airbags Speed Alert System
Curtain Airbags Reversing Sensors/Cameras where available
3-point Seat Belts Intelligent Speed Assistance
Antilock Braking System (ABS) Automatic Emergency Braking System
Head Restraints (minimum 4)  
Seat Belt Reminder System  
Cargo Barriers (fitted if available
and if regularly carrying freight)
 

For Commercial Vehicles

  • A minimum four-star ANCAP safety rating.

OR, if no minimum four-star ANCAP rating,

  • A minimum set of safety features, namely:

Mandatory

Optional

Electronic Stability Control Automatic Head Lamps & Daytime Running Lights
Dual Front Airbags Speed Alert System
3-point Seat Belts (minimum 2 or 4) Reversing Sensors/Cameras where available
Antilock Braking System (ABS) where available Intelligent Speed Assistance
Head Restraints (minimum 4,2 for utilities) Autonomous Emergency Braking System
Seat Belt Reminder System  
Side Airbags (front) and/or Curtain Airbags  
Cargo Barriers (fitted if available
and if regularly carrying freight)
 

Vehicles which are outside the mandatory guidelines can be purchased only where the relevant head of agency can demonstrate that no other vehicle can perform the require functions, such as where an agency requires a specific vehicle for operational purposes. Should this occur it will be necessary for head of agency approval to be provided directly to the Department of Treasury and Finance.

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