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All of our drivers have a responsibility to drive in a safe manner on all roads. From high pedestrian activity in our urban centres, to animals on country roads, we face hazards on a daily basis. It is important we understand these hazards and how to adjust our driver behaviour to avoid injury. Travelling at lower speeds means it is easier to avoid an accident and less distance is needed to stop your vehicle. 

Check out the links to low risk driving and speed limits to help you become a safer driver.

Improving road safety

Speed is a factor in 27% of all crashes in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area, which is well above the state-wide average of 17%. A Safe System Approach has been utilised in the National Road Safety Strategy. We apply this Strategy too. The Safe System Approach includes:

  • safe speeds;
  • safe people;Crash Impacts graph
  • safe vehicles; AND
  • safe roads.

Council aims to maintain and improve our road network but we need your help to reach the four components of the Safe Systems Approach. So please drive at the legal speed limits AND to conditions. 

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Low Risk Driving 

1. Observation: consistently scan the road environment.

2. Speed management: drive within legal speed limits and to conditions (see point 6).

3. Road positioning: position your vehicle to maximise the distance from hazards.

4. Crash avoidance space: leave a three second gap when following another vehicle and extend this gap in poor conditions as required.

5. Reduce distractions: mobile devices must be correctly mounted and used in accordance with the law. NOTE: Learner, P1 drivers and provisional riders are banned from using mobile phones while driving in any way.

6. Drive to conditions: all conditions of the road environment must be considered including the time of day, weather and road condition to name a few.

Visit RMS Safe Driver Tips for more information.

Speed Limits

Default Speed Limits

Unless otherwise signposted, default speed limits apply.

  • 50km/hr: Urban default speed limit. This limit applies in built up areas i.e. where there are buildings next to the road or where there is street lighting.
  • 100km/hr: All other roads not otherwise signposted.

Who sets speed limits

In NSW the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) sets speed limits for all roads. If you believe a specific road needs a speed limit review you can lodge a request with RMS.


Council does not have the authority to monitor and enforce speed limits. The NSW Police are the only authority that can enforce speed limits on our roads.

This page was last updated on: 20 December 2018