(1) Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) escorts
State Growth will continue to provide escorts for the transport of Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles. This service will not be transferring to the NHVR.
You will continue to contact State Growth to arrange OSOM escorts. The phone number and new email address are given at the end of this fact sheet.
Tasmania will maintain the current three tier, risk-based approach for OSOM vehicle movements, depending on the requirements of the load:
- industry-supplied pilots
- certified pilots
- authorised officers providing escorts.
(2) Written Off Vehicle Register (WOVR) identity checks for light vehicles
State Growth will continue to provide WOVR identify inspections for light vehicles in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, however in future we will review the locations where these are provided. We expect WOVR volumes to reduce steadily over time, as more crashed vehicles are classed as statutory (non-repairable) write-offs.
(3) Light vehicle crash inspections for the Coroner
State Growth will continue to undertake crashed light vehicle inspections for the Coroner, for light vehicles involved in fatal crashes and for some serious injury crashes. Heavy vehicle crash attendance and inspections will be undertaken by the NHVR.
(4) Public Passenger Vehicles compliance and enforcement
The Transport Safety and Investigation Unit will continue to provide compliance and enforcement services for the Public Passenger Vehicle sector. This includes:
- buses (heavy and light)
- restricted hire vehicles
- luxury hire vehicles
- ride-sourcing services (such as Uber and Shebah).
The Transport Safety and Investigation Unit is not concerned with buses as heavy vehicles – that is the responsibility of the NHVR. Instead, the focus of the Unit is on the safe and compliant operation of a bus as a Public Passenger Vehicle. This means ensuring compliance with our registration and licensing requirements for Public Passenger Vehicles:
- Ancillary certificate checks.
- Driver licence checks.
- Scheduled vehicle compliance inspections.
It also includes ensuring compliance with our passenger transport regulations. This includes:
- licensing, licence plates and fees
- taxi operations (including compliance with areas and fares)
- taxi vehicles and equipment (including tariff lights, cameras and meters), and
- accreditation and authorisations.
(5) Other light vehicle compliance and enforcement with Tasmania Police
Except for Public Passenger Vehicles, Tasmania Police will continue to be responsible for most on-road light vehicle compliance and enforcement activity. However, State Growth will continue to conduct joint on-road operations with Tasmania Police from time to time.
Increasing focus on industry education
We recognise that in many cases, people are trying to do the right thing, but they may not always be aware of what requirements apply to them. So over time, one of our goals for the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit is to expand opportunities for Transport Safety and Investigation Officers to undertake proactive education on light vehicle compliance issues, for stakeholders and the general community.