Roads and Maritime Services is legislated as the organisation responsible for the control of traffic on all roads in New South Wales. Traffic is controlled by the installation of prescribed traffic control devices, such as regulatory signs, or traffic control facilities, such as medians.
New South Wales has many roads, which range from freeways to local streets. All these roads require the control of traffic. Roads and Maritime Services believes that the most effective means of dealing with the number and range of traffic related matters, particularly those which arise on non State Roads, is to deal with them at the local level. Roads and Maritime Services therefore delegates certain aspects of the control of traffic on Regional and Local Roads to the Councils of Local Government areas. Roads and Maritime Services continues to manage State Roads.
Traffic committees are a requirement of the delegation process. There are two types of traffic committees:
Local Traffic Committee
The Local Traffic Committee (LTC) has no decision-making powers and is primarily a technical review committee. It only advises the Council on matters for which the Council has delegated authority, being certain prescribed traffic control devices and traffic control facilities.
The Council must refer all traffic related matters to the LTC prior to exercising its delegated functions. Matters related to State Roads or functions that have not been delegated to the elected Council must be referred directly to Roads and Maritime Services or relevant organisation. Such matters must not be referred to the LTC.
Council is not bound by the advice given by its LTC. However if Council does wish to act contrary to the unanimous advice of the LTC or when the advice is not unanimous, it must notify Roads and Maritime Services & the NSW Police and wait 14 days before proceeding.
Regional Traffic Committee
The Regional Traffic Committee (RTC) operates across the state and their meetings are generally held in the offices of the local Council.
The purpose of this committee is to deal with appeals from Roads and Maritime Services or the NSW Police members of the LTC. Appeals can be lodged when council wishes to take action either contrary to the unanimous advice of the LTC or when the advice is not unanimous.
The decision of the RTC is binding on all parties.
Delegation to councils for the regulation of traffic
A guide to the delegation to councils for the regulation of Traffic (including the operation of Traffic Committees) - Version 1.3 - RTA/Pub 06.358