Whether you drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or walk, it is everyone's responsibility to know the road rules and to keep our roads and paths safe.

Council believes that our roads and paths should be safe places. To achieve this, we partner with the Government agency, Transport for NSW, which is the lead authority on road rules in our area. While local police (and Council Rangers) enforce these rules, Council raises awareness on the road rules and provides information on how to use our roads and paths more safely.

The information here is correct at the time of posting and is reviewed periodically.

Mobile phone road rules

It is illegal to use your phone while you are driving (or while the engine is running) - watch this short video

Mobile phone detection cameras

There are both fixed and mobile cameras now in place, including the Northern Beaches. You can be fined if these cameras detect you are using your phone illegally. Find out more

Paying by phone from your car (such as drive-throughs)

Holding your phone to pay in the drive-through is illegal - unless you turn off the car engine.

Emergency vehicles

If you see stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights, you must slow down to 40km/h when you pass them, and where the speed limit is 80km/h or less. Where the speed limit is 90km/h or more, you must slow down, move over and give space. Find out more


When driving, you must give one metre of space when you pass a bicycle in a 60km/hr zone or less, and 1.5 metres when you pass in an 80 km/hr zone or more.

You CAN overtake a bicycle on double lines IF it is safe. Find out more.


Brush up on your roundabout knowledge. Watch this short video on the top ten misunderstood road rules animations.

At the end of the video you can also see short videos on other misunderstood rules, pedestrians, merging, keeping left, headlights, u-turns, safe following distances, school zones, yellow lights.