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Motorists can now operate electric delivery vehicles in Tasmania 

Motorists can now operate electric delivery vehicles in Tasmania 
Motorists can now operate electric delivery vehicles in Tasmania 

The Tasmanian government has amended its licensing requirements to allow car license holders to operate electric delivery vehicles (eDVs). 

Australia Post has welcomed this decision, saying this will diversify the pool of candidates the postal service can use for deliveries. Previously, drivers had to obtain a motorcycle license to operate an eDV in Tasmania. 

CEO Paul Graham applauds the government’s decision to “help Australia Post improve services for Tasmania.”

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Call on other state governments

There are now calls for other state governments to review their current licensing requirements to improve the service in delivery. 

“Our eDVs can carry up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time, which is significantly more than a traditional motorcycle,” says Graham. 

The Australia Post has seen a spike in the demand for parcel deliveries in Tasmania. “With 83% of Tasmanians making an online purchase in the past two years, we can deliver to customers’ doors sooner,” he says. 

Milestone for business

This decision by Tasmania government has been hailed as a milestone for the business sector. It’s also seen as a step in helping delivery companies to employ more drivers from different demographics. 

“For every Tasmanian candidate who has a motorcycle license, there are eight who have car licenses, so we should be able to fill positions faster from a larger talent pool,” says Graham.

“This move is another example of the Rockliff Liberal Government’s red tape reduction work to enable businesses to flourish,”  says transport minister Michael Ferguson.

The Australia Post says investment in eDVs is an integral part of the company’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 15% by 2025, ahead of targeting net zero emissions by 2050.

eDVs popularity in Tasmania

There are already 90 eDVs on Tasmanian roads and footpaths. According to the government, approximately 50% of delivery rounds are done by eDVs. 

“We have listened to advice that these electric vehicles are safer and far simpler to ride than a motorcycle, are lighter, less powerful, and more balanced,” says the minister. “Now anyone with a provisional, full car, heavy vehicle, or a motorcycle license can drive these three-wheelers. The decision is a win for the environment, delivery times, and a win for a more diverse pool of talent in Tasmania.”

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