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Council's Road Safety responsibilities

Speed Humps

Council does not generally support the installation of speed humps or similar measures in residential streets as they rarely provide a net benefit for the community. Alternate traffic calming solutions are considered on a case by case basis but can include chicanes, pedestrian refuges, visual changes to the pavement and the NSW Police may monitor and enforce speed limits.

Additional Signage

Council generally does not support the use of signs or line markings to reinforce statutory requirements such as default speed limits and "No Stopping" signs at intersections, driveways, footpaths and nature strips.

No Parking sign installed near driveway

  • It is illegal under the NSW Road Rules to park in a location that blocks or prevents access to a property. Council generally does not support the use of signs or line marking to reinforce Road Rules.
  • Drivers may stop across a driveway for a 2 minute period to drop off or pick up passengers but vehicles must not be left unattended.

Default speed limit

Default speed limits exist where no signposted limit is provided on the road. Where there is no posted limit the following default limits apply:

  • The default urban speed limit for roads in built-up areas, where there are buildings next to the road or street lighting is 50km/hr
  • The default speed limit for all other roads is 100km/hr

Pedestrian Crossings

Pedestrian zebra crossings can only be installed in particular locations. They are only suitable for assisting pedestrians to safely cross two lane, two way, low speed roads that have high traffic volumes or insufficient gaps in traffic and where there is sufficient pedestrian demand.

Bus Stops

The bus route is set by Busways in conjunction with Transport NSW. Council is responsible for the bus stop infrastructure such as signs, line marking, seats and bus shelters. Council has the specific responsibility as the road authority to ensure the safety of bus users and needs to determine if the location of the bus stop allows safe operation for all road users.

School Bus Routes

Council is responsible for the approval of bus stops on school routes, however, parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children get to and from the bus stop carefully and safely. The location of bus stops are carefully evaluated to:

  1. Maximise the safety of school children and other road users, and
  2. Minimise the interference to traffic flow on the road system.


Council is aware of the benefits derived from constructing new footpaths. Most years Council makes available funding in our annual budget for new footpaths. We get many requests for footpaths and we build as many as we can within our funding constraints. Council prioritises these requests on the basis of safety, construction costs, traffic volume on adjacent road, proximity to town centres, shops, medical facilities and recreation facilities to name a few. Council uses the Port Macquarie-Hastings Bike Plan and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan to assist in identifying priority areas for footpath construction and also reviews requests from our community and other groups, organisations and agencies on a case by case basis.


Please contact us if you have any other concerns regarding the above information. 

Please contact the relevant authority below if you have any other concerns.

Council is responsible for...

  • Maintenance of local roads in the LGA
  • Installation and replacement of directional, regulatory and approval signage in accordance with the applicable Australian Standard
  • Ensuring line marking is applied and maintained as required
  • Provision of pedestrian infrastructure where funding permits in accordance with priority weighting
  • Enforcement of parking restrictions i.e. timed parking, no parking and no stopping signs
  • Bus stop infrastructure such as signs, line marking, seats and bus shelters
  • Footpaths

The NSW Police are responsible for...

  • Monitoring and enforcement of speed 
  • Enforcement of the NSW Road Rules

The Roads and Maritime Services are responsible for...

  • Setting and reviewing speed limits
  • Statutory signs
  • Management and maintenance of State Roads, e.g. Oxley Highway, Pacific Highway. Note: Some parts of the Oxley Highway are maintained by Council i.e. parking lanes
  • Traffic signals
  • Flashing school lights
  • School zones
  • School crossing supervisors


This page was last updated on: 05 October 2018