Road safety is more than just fatalities and serious injuries. It is a part of our daily life as a pedestrian, rider, motorist or user of public transport.

Road safety is something that affects us all. The choices we make can have a real impact on the safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.

Road Rules - General Information 

Transport for NSW is the lead authority on road rules in our area.  

Local police (admin note - links to Beaches police site)  (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 on this page is correct at the time of posting and is reviewed periodically. 

Recent road rule changes

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 now legal. 

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 (admin note - links to Centre for Road Safety page) 


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.


2022 Road Safety Calendar

now available

The 2022 calendar will provide tips on visibility for vulnerable road users, getting to school using active travel, safe parking tips, avoiding distraction as a pedestrian and more.

The calendar is a collaboration between Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, City of Ryde and Willoughby Councils.

You can get your copy of the calendar from our customer services, libraries and many of our local sports and community centres.

For any information on this calendar, including requesting a copy, please email the Road Safety team.