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Plan for heavier traffic as schools return

It’s back to school for Tasmanians in early February

It’s back to school for Tasmanians next week, so plan ahead for travel during peak periods.

Our Traffic Management Centre will monitor and actively manage traffic flows in Hobart and Launceston during morning and evening peaks, but back to school usually means an increase in traffic, so make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey during the morning and afternoon peaks.

You could also consider alternatives to driving, including walking, cycling, carpooling or taking public transport such as a ferry or bus.

Public bus services will start school term timetables on Wednesday, 8 February 2023. Selected school services will commence from Monday, 6 February 2023 with the remainder to start from 8 February.

Families using public transport for school travel are encouraged to plan, prepare, and practice before the start of Term One:

  • plan your journey by contacting your school, operator, or visiting
  • prepare your fare by getting a 10-trip ticket or smartcard, and setting up auto top-ups
  • practice the trip to the bus stop.

On public transport, students pay a flat fare regardless of distance travelled, starting at $1.52. Free travel is available for students listed on a concession card, among other eligibility types.

School 40 km/hr speed limits will also return next week. Please slow down around school zones and school buses, take extra care, and keep an eye out for children crossing the road.

Remember to ‘Love 40’ to keep our kids safe.