Road Safety

Council is committed to road safety and in collaboration with the Roads and Maritime Services runs programs and initiatives designed to address road safety at a local level.

Council's Road Safety Programs aim to improve road user behaviour, improve the safety of the road and roadside environment, reduce the incidence and severity of casualties by promoting the use of safer vehicles and practices, develop community involvement and partnerships to achieve ownership of and effective participation in road safety, and support the strategic co-ordination and communication of road safety planning and action.

The Road Safety Programs are delivered in partnership with a number of other stakeholders and safety and traffic committees including:

  • New South Wales Police (Oxley Local Area Command) 
  • New South Wales Health (Hunter New England Area Health Service) 
  • Department of Education and Training 
  • Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) 
  • local hotels, clubs and pubs and the Liquor Accord 
  • local primary and secondary schools 
  • local community services and organisations 

Current road safety initiatives for the Tamworth Region:

  • Child Car Restraints
    Residents are encouraged to have child car restraints fitted by an Authorised Restraint Fitting Station. This helps to ensure that your child’s car seat is fitted correctly for their safety and that you’re complying with all NSW child restraint laws. 
    For more information please visit Transport for NSW or use this online tool to locate your nearest authorised fitting station.

  • Child restraint checks
    Increasing occupant restraint compliance.

  • 40km/h school zones
    Maintain driver awareness of 40km/h speed limits during school zone periods.

  • 'Slow Down' campaign
    Reducing speeding in problem areas in urban locations and around the Regional Council area.

  • Young Drivers Expo
    Providing timely information to young Learner and Provisional drivers on speed, drugs, drink driving and fatigue related issues with driving.

  • Breath testing facilities
    Improving drivers’ awareness of the presence of alcohol in the system the morning after a big night out and the dangers associated with consuming high quantities of alcohol.

  • Road safety auditing
    Identifying risks and deficiencies associated with Council’s road network.