Green admits, but no details

OPPOSITION Leader Bryan Green has admitted causing a two-car collision he was involved in this week, but remains silent on circumstances surrounding the crash.

The incident occurred in Argyle Street, Hobart, about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Mr Green would not confirm nor deny claims he ran a red light immediately before the collision.

"I just feel so relieved no one was hurt in the crash yesterday [Wednesday]," Mr Green said.

"It was a shock to me, obviously, and it certainly sharpened me up in understanding just how vigilant you have to be."

Mr Green said his car received minor damage in the collision, and the other vehicle received "more significant" damage.

"I've been driving for nearly 40 years and I think this is the first crash I've had in the past 35 years," Mr Green said.

"It is, I guess, a warning to everyone that we have to continue to pay attention at every moment while driving."

He said he was waiting to hear from police before providing any further details.

The Opposition Leader used the incident to call into question the government's plans to get rid of three cars and three drivers from the ministerial car fleet.

Mr Green said the prospect of MPs driving themselves to and from appointments if a driver was unavailable was a potential occupational health and safety hazard.

"When you've got a lot on your mind and you're working on things like shadow portfolios etc, it's a very all-encompassing job," he said.

"I think that in the end it's unsafe, and I would not like to see them penny-pinching, particularly based on potential risks to their ministers and their families."

Mr Green said he was not under the influence at the time of Wednesday's crash.

In 2011, Mr Green was disqualified from driving for three months after pleading guilty to a drink-driving offence.

Mr Green recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.068 when he was stopped for a random breath test after a Fisheries Industry Council dinner.

He apologised to then-premier Lara Giddings, and in Parliament made a formal apology to Tasmanians.Police said no charges have been laid and the investigation is continuing.

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