Optional V-plates for tourist drivers in Tasmania

Do you think optional V-plates for tourist drivers in Tasmania is a good idea?

Optional V-plates for tourist drivers in Tasmania

There was once a time when you had a few driving lessons, jumped into a car for your licence test and bam, you had your licence and could hit the road whenever you pleased.

Then came learner’s permits and provisional licences or, as you may know them: L-plates and P-plates. Then we ventured into the era of red Ps and green Ps and if that system wasn’t convoluted enough, one Tasmanian is proposing special plates for out-of-towners in her home state.

Speaking to ABC Hobart, Tasmanian Suzanne Jones shared her bright idea of voluntary V-plates for international tourists or for anyone who feels out of sorts driving on the Apple Isle.

"You often a see a person trying to get across a lane quickly, they're obviously not knowing where they are going," said Ms Jones.

"Sometimes we have courteous drivers who will pull back and let them in, other times we have people who aren't as courteous, and all things can happen."

Ms Jones has gone as far as designing an easy-to-remove big V sticker with the words ‘courtesy, please’ beneath.

“The plate would be a voluntary identifier and a positive step to ensure the safety of both visiting drivers and locals alike," she said, and would "alert other drivers to allow a little more space, courtesy and a friendly wave for our visiting drivers who may be distracted when navigating in unfamiliar territory".

Read more at www.traveltalkmag.com.au

What do you think of this idea? Would you like to see it proliferate nationwide?

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    Kali-G
    21st Apr 2018
    7:36am
    Good idea! with all the Chinese and other Asians visiting this should be MANDATORY!
    Cowboy Jim
    21st Apr 2018
    9:59am
    Test them for English language first. Can they read street signage?
    I certainly would not like to drive in China or Japan; having been to both places I find that very challenging and they might feel the same way about our roads and directions.
    GeorgeM
    21st Apr 2018
    8:24pm
    Maybe some Chinese may think V stands for Victory - that they now own Tasmania and can run around as they like!!!
    ronloby
    21st Apr 2018
    8:15am
    Should be mandatory for ALL lefthand drivers and overseas people driving righthand vehicles.
    alinejordan
    21st Apr 2018
    9:47am
    i think my victorian plates would give away that i'm not a tasmanian native?
    Alexii
    21st Apr 2018
    11:21am
    The "V" plate would be more obvious.
    SuziJ
    21st Apr 2018
    9:54am
    I think that my NSW plates would give me away as a tourist :)
    Bones
    21st Apr 2018
    10:50am
    Really a stupid idea! The biggest problem in Tasmania is 1. Temp Asian drivers, they are disgraceful.
    2. Tasmanians.
    If there were more MARKED POLICE vehicles on the road it will be a great start to reducing traffic accidents.
    I do alot of driving in Tassie, and see some crazy stuff.
    Recently the police said they are going to target drivers who 'speed up' when being overtaken. Made no difference, they still love to do it.
    They have little or no idea on judgement of speed here either, they just pull out regardless. Last week this happened with a vehicle towing a trailer, someone was killed.
    There is NOTHING better than police presence on the highways to 'Police' bad driving etc.
    Eivel Gnome
    21st Apr 2018
    1:01pm
    I reckon it is a great idea, but why stop at interstate/national drivers. There are many people who drive like that in their home town, 2 suburbs from home and they are totally lost.
    Old Man
    21st Apr 2018
    3:46pm
    Great idea and not just for those from overseas. How many times have you been in a strange city and looking for a street sign or motel or sight to see and have slowed down in relation to the rest of the traffic? If it helps the locals be a tad more understanding then I agree.
    Gazza
    21st Apr 2018
    4:38pm
    After driving around beautiful Tassie last year and being amazed at the pure stupid and down right careless driving of overseas tourists I believe that I am fortunate to be alive. The locals (like every other state ) drive like there is "no tomorrow" and expect all other road users to be familiar with local roads and conditions. The "v" plate on overseas hire car drivers would be a good step as I am sure that my interstate plates warned the locals that I was taking it easy or lost. Worth a thought and perhaps proactive for the safety of Tassie drivers.
    MICK
    21st Apr 2018
    5:22pm
    Am currently overseas.
    If you want to join the real (driving) world come to Italy and then talk about special plates in Tassie. You ain't seen nothing until you drive in this country and anyone from Europe would find the roads in Tassie basic. Do not even need a GPS. Try that here if you want to experience mega stress.
    V plates is clearly a suggestion from an academic who has been nowhere other than Oz. Yes maybe useful for Chinese with whom you would not want to share the same road anywhere from what I have seen. Horses for courses.
    Old Man
    21st Apr 2018
    5:56pm
    Wondered why your comments were few and far between. Enjoy your holiday MICK.
    MICK
    21st Apr 2018
    7:22pm
    I come up for air regularly OM but tough to sacrifice enormous cultural experience for blogging.
    Thanks for the salutations. Home soon.


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