Metro Tasmania CEO resignation

Metro Tasmania Chair Michael Harris today announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Stuart Wiggins. Mr Wiggins’ resignation due to continued ill health takes effect immediately, and the state-owned company will now begin the search for a replacement. During his term as CEO, Mr Wiggins oversaw many key projects, notably the successful replacement and subsequent patronage growth of Metro’s greater Hobart network last year. Mr Harris said Mr Wiggins left behind a greatly improved corporate culture in which a new Bus Operator Enterprise Agreement was delivered peacefully without industrial action, and Metro’s safety performance had transformed to show dramatic improvements in key metrics. “Among many operational changes in which Stuart has been instrumental, we are pleased with the competitive transition he has championed, illustrated by strong financial results and the award of a commercially available tender to expand services on the north west coast,” he said. Mr Harris said an enduring legacy would be the role Mr Wiggins played in procuring support and funding for a plan to upgrade Metro’s fleet with 100 new buses over the next four years. “Stuart’s leadership in this process vitally assisted in securing Tasmanian Government backing via Metro’s largest equity injection ever, a successful tender process resulting in new Tasmanian jobs, and importantly, improved amenity and accessibility for the Tasmanian travelling public,” he said. Mr Wiggins said he was extremely proud to have been part of the Metro family during a time of significant cultural and operational change but had made the difficult decision to step down due to continued ill health. “I have every confidence that the dedicated team at Metro will... read more

Higher petrol costs for consumers

A proposal by the Federal Government to phase out regular unleaded petrol would result in a substantial price increase for consumers, the RACT says. The Federal Government is considering banning regular (91RON) unleaded petrol as early as 2020 as part of plans to reduce vehicle emissions. Executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said while the RACT recognised that changes may be required to protect the environment, more work needed to be done on the timing of any change to minimise impact on consumers. “If the ban went through tomorrow, for example, motorists would be required to buy premium unleaded fuel, which would obviously cost more,” she said. “Premium unleaded petrol costs an average 12 cents more per litre than the regular unleaded variety. “Removing regular unleaded petrol from sale in this way simply gives consumers no choice at the petrol pump.” Mrs Pennicott said the RACT wanted any changes to be introduced in a considered way to ensure Tasmanians had adequate time to change their lifestyle and plan for the change from a budgetary perspective. “In addition, the average age of Tasmania’s cars was 12.2 years compared to the national average of 9.8 years,” she said. “Owners of these older cars would be required to pay a higher price for premium unleaded petrol without any of the emission benefits. “This means Tasmanians will be affected more than the rest of Australia, on top of the fact that we have more limited public transport options when compared with interstate jurisdictions.” Mrs Pennicott said while the cost implications for households were a concern for the RACT, any plan to reduce... read more

“If these were adult seat belt offences, I would expect the issue to be given more significant exposure.”

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RACT and Kidsafe Tasmania urges proper fitting of child restraints

Nearly 85 per cent of child restraints checked by the RACT – in partnership with Kidsafe Tasmania – since the end of 2015 have needed to be adjusted to be made safe.

RACT Motoring Services manager Peter Gillon said while many of the adjustments required more recently were minor, adjustments were still required.

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Call to maintain funding for Keys2Drive

The RACT is calling for federal funding to be maintained for a highly successful learner driver program in the 9 May federal budget.

RACT Motoring Services Manager Peter Gillon said the Keys2Drive program provided a free 60-minute lesson with a professional driving instructor for learners and their parent / supervisor.

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Painting a bright future for Tasmanian cyclists

Australia’s most trusted brands have come together to ensure a bright future for the next generation of Tasmanian road cyclists through the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) Racing Team.

Speaking at the team’s official launch, Head Cycling Coach Matthew Gilmore congratulated the athletes who had worked hard to earn their place in the team.

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“Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk.”

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Enjoy Tasmania this Easter – but do it safely: RACT

The RACT has one simple message for Tasmanians and visitors to the state this Easter: “Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk.”

And RACT CEO Harvey Lennon said before you leave on your journey, check your vehicle’s general mechanical health

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