Council must refer all traffic related matters to the Local Traffic Committee 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 Transport for NSW or relevant organisation. Transport for NSW may seek the views of the Council on classified road traffic issues via the general traffic advice process.
The Local Traffic Committee 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 committee is entitled to one vote. These votes must be recorded as part of the meeting minutes if the decision is not unanimous.
The committee has no decision-making powers and a Council is not bound by the advice. Should Council decide to proceed with a proposal that does not have the unanimous support of the committee Council must notify Transport for NSW and NSW Police in writing and wait 14 days from that point before proceeding.
The Local Traffic Committee can consider the following items, under their Transport for NSW delegated functions:
- Temporary road closures for some special events and construction projects, such as street parades, fun runs and community celebrations;
- Regulatory road signs and marking, including parking restrictions;
- Pedestrian crossings and median and traffic islands;
- Traffic calming measures, such as speed humps.
Note: Transport for NSW retains sole responsibility for all speed zones and traffic lights on NSW roads and directly regulates traffic management on all State roads, including highways. The Local Traffic Committee cannot make any decisions or recommendations on these matters.