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Get your Arthur-Pieman permit now for summer


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is reminding visitors who intend driving on the off-road tracks at the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area this summer that they must be licensed, their vehicle must be registered and they need a valid permit.

PWS Northwest Region acting manager Barry Davies said it’s been one year since the permit system came into place and as such many people will need to renew their permit for the summer months.

“It’s now even easier to purchase a permit, with permits on sale at Service Tasmania outlets around the state as well as online at the parks shop at www.parks.tas.gov.au,” Mr Davies said.

Mr Davies said that while a recent compliance operation at the reserve indicated about 90 per cent compliance with permit conditions, it was concerning that a number of drivers were failing to heed advice about permits, licences and vehicle registration.

“A significant number of offenders were on unregistered motorcycles, with most of the drivers also unlicensed to operate a motorcycle. In one incident, an adult was cautioned for permitting a child to ride while unlicensed.

“Also of concern was that numerous drivers appeared to be intoxicated.”

Mr Davies said that PWS will again partner with the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) in an educational campaign aimed at ensuring compliance with road rules and improving safety on tracks in the Arthur-Pieman.

“Last year was the first year of this initiative and it produced positive results, with broad acceptance of the permit system and a reduction in motor vehicle accidents.”

Mr Davies also said that it is expected recommendations for the future use of the Arthur-Pieman tracks will be finalised following a community workshop held at Smithton recently at which key stakeholders discussed the tracks.

A final draft of the recreational vehicle management plan for the Arthur-Pieman will then be presented to the Arthur-Pieman Management Committee in December for consideration and then to the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman.