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For the Record

Removal Of Burnt Out and Abandoned Cars - December 2013

There has been considerable comment recently about why The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) doesn’t automatically remove burnt and abandoned vehicles from its road reserve.

DIER maintains the road reserve beside its roads and highways through a contract arrangement with a maintenance contractor.

In the case of burnt and abandoned vehicles, Tasmanian Police notify DIER that such a vehicle can be removed, once any crime scene investigation activity has been completed.

DIER then arranges removal of the vehicle under the provisions of the Roads & Jetties Act 1935. Legally DIER cannot remove the vehicle until approval has been given from Tasmania Police.

Illegal Signage - December 2013

There has been some debate in the community about the removal of illegal signage on the Bass Highway.

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources has a responsibility to ensure that its roadsides are not unduly cluttered with illegal signage that has been put up without due regard for safety, sight distance or level of distraction on the road.

Tasmania has 26,000 small businesses. We have to set rules and strike a balance so not everyone floods our roadsides with signs, compromising safety.

DIER makes no apology for maintaining this policy, as it's the same as any other State in Australia.

We have a process where people can apply to have signs erected, which we have asked people to follow. This gives a consistency of approach and ensures that signage is safely placed. Signs for tourist businesses are permitted under guidelines articulated in the Tasmanian Roadside Signs Manual.

DIER encourages businesses take up the opportunity to talk with us about how to install appropriately placed signs to ensure the safety of all road users.