The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) is the legislated organisation responsible for the control of traffic, including speed limits, on all roads in New South Wales (NSW). NSW has many roads, which range from motorways to local streets. All these roads require the control of traffic.
Traffic can be controlled by installing traffic control devices, such as regulatory signs, or through traffic control facilities, such as medians.
The most effective way to deal with traffic related matters on local roads is to deal with them locally. The RMS has therefore delegated aspects of traffic control on local roads to local Councils.
The RMS manages the State's classified road network, and local government plays an important role by providing traffic input and advice when necessary.
What is a Local Traffic Committee?
The Local Traffic Committee (LTC) is primarily a technical review committee. It advises a local Council on traffic control matters that have been referred to the Council. These matters must be related to prescribed traffic control devices or traffic control facilities for which Council has delegated authority. Mid-Western Regional Council's LTC meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, excluding January.
The LTC is made up of four formal (voting) members. The members are:
- A local Council representative (Councillor)
- A NSW Police Force representative
- A RMS representative
- The local State Member of Parliament (MP) or their nominee.
How does a Local Traffic Committee Operate?
The local Council must refer all traffic related matters to the LTC prior to exercising its delegated powers. Matters related to classified roads or functions that have not been delegated to the Council must be referred directly to the RMS or relevant organisation, not the LTC. However, the RMS will generally seek the views of the Council on classified road traffic issues via the general traffic advice process.
The LTC considers the technical merits of each proposal it receives and ensures that the proposal meets current technical guidelines. When considering a proposal, each formal member of the LTC is entitled to one vote. These votes must be recorded as part of the meeting minutes if the decision is not unanimous.
The LTC has no decision-making powers and a Council is not bound by the advice of its LTC. Should a Council decide to proceed with a proposal that does not have the unanimous support of the LTC, however, then Council must notify the RMS and the NSW Police Force in writing and wait 14 days from that point before proceeding.
For further information regarding traffic management, please contact Council on (02) 6378 2850.