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Road Safety

As part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Mosman Council’s Road Safety Officer provides educational campaigns to help reduce crashes and casualties on our local roads.

Below are some of the current projects and road safety information.

Yellow lines

Do you know the meaning of yellow kerb lines?

Yellow lines painted near the edge of the road (otherwise known as the kerb) show that there are stopping restrictions as well as telling you what rules apply to that particular section of road.

An unbroken (continuous) yellow kerb line is a NO STOPPING line. You must not stop here for any reason except a medical or similar emergency.

These unbroken yellow lines have exactly the same rules as a no stopping sign and are enforceable both when a sign is present, but also when a sign is NOT present. No stopping zones are implemented in areas to improve safety and reduce signage and distractions.

A broken (dashed) yellow kerb line is a CLEARWAY line. You must not stop at the edge of the road between the hours shown on the sign except in a medical or similar emergency. Buses, taxis and hire cars may only stop to pick up or set down passengers.

Frequently Misunderstood Traffic Rules

No Stopping: Vehicles must not stop in a No Stopping area for any length of time – No stopping means no stopping. Dropping off or picking up passengers is not permitted in these areas. A continuous yellow edge line also indicates a No Stopping zone. Fine: exceeds $268 ($344 and 2 demerit points in a school zone).
Unbroken yellow kerb line: An unbroken yellow kerb line is a no stopping line and therefore the same rules apply as for No Stopping sign. Drivers must not stop for any reason other than a medical or similar emergency. Fine: exceeds $268 ($344 and 2 demerit points in a school zone).
No Parking: Vehicles may stop in a No Parking area to pick up or drop off goods or passengers provided drivers stay within three meters of their vehicle and are not parked in the No Parking zone for longer than two minutes. Fine: exceeds $191 and 2 demerit points (in a school zone).
Bus Zones: Must be kept clear at all times. Vehicles that are parked and stopped in bus zones create problems for bus drivers pulling into and out of these bays. Buses forced to double park and manoeuvre through inadequate space is extremely dangerous. It is illegal to stop in a bus zone for any period of time. Fine: exceeds $344 and 2 demerit points (in a school zone).
Driveways: Be conscious of where you park your car, do not park across, blocking or partly blocking a driveway. Think of others and the residents of the house you are blocking need emergency access at all times. Fine: exceeds $114.
Centre for Road Safety: Stay up to date with current road safety campaigns, statistics and road rules via the Centre for Road Safety website.

Child Car Seat Checking

Mosman Council and Transport for NSW are currently offering a limited number of free vouchers for professional child restraint fitting services to local residents. Successful applicants will receive one voucher per household that covers fitting of up to three seats. The fitting will take place at your residential address, after a personal appointment is made with the fitter. APPLY NOW.

Safety ratings for child car seats are now available from seats that have been safety tested in a crash. These ratings help consumers make the safest choice when it comes to child car seats, showing consumers the correct car seat that is the safest for their child and how to get it fitted and adjusted correctly to the car seat. You can view the ratings here.

If you require your car seat to be fitted or checked, please use an authorised fitter. You can find a list of authorised fitting stations on the Centre for Road Safety website.

Walking is Fun

Mosman Council supports Road Safety for school children in Mosman though various initiatives through, and in conjunction with the National Road Safety Week each year, Council encourages all school children in the Mosman area to get involved in 'Walk Safely to School Day'. Children are encouraged to walk, ride and catch public transport safely to school. The day aims to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Children that ride a bike to school can also take part, while children that are required to catch public transport, can alight from an earlier stop and walk the last part of the journey to school.

For more information on National Road Safety Week visit

Walk to School Day brings together the ideas of road safety, wellbeing and healthy habits for children. 

Walking has a number of positive benefits for children: 

  • It promotes physical activity. In an age where sedentary lifestyles are becoming increasingly common, walking to school provides an opportunity for children to engage in regular exercise. This can help to improve their cardiovascular health, build strength and endurance, and maintain a healthy weight. Regular physical activity has also been linked to improved academic performance, as it can enhance concentration and cognitive abilities.
  • Can foster a sense of independence and responsibility in children. It allows them to navigate their local environment, learn about road safety, and develop skills such as time management and problem-solving. This can contribute to their personal development and prepare them for future responsibilities.
  • Is an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. It reduces the number of cars on the road, thereby decreasing traffic congestion and air pollution. This not only benefits the environment but also creates a safer and more pleasant community for everyone.
  • Can provide a valuable opportunity for social interaction. Whether children walk with their parents, siblings, or friends, this time can be used to strengthen relationships, share experiences, and create lasting memories. It’s a wonderful way to start and end the school day on a positive note.

Walking to school is a simple activity that offers numerous benefits for children’s health, development, and well-being. It’s a habit that’s worth promoting for the betterment of our children and our communities.

Pedestrian Safety - Be Aware. Move with Care

When driving watch out for pedestrians and cyclists on and around our roads. With people out and about exercising, extra care is needed as it’s easy to become complacent, especially on a familiar route. 

Be mindful when opening vehicle doors, check blind spots especially when reversing and slow down when approaching pedestrian crossings. Slow down, give way to pedestrians and keep to the 10km/h speed limit in shared zones, be alert and aware when in 40km/h high pedestrian areas. 

Pedestrians should always use safe crossings or crossing points where available. It’s important to have your head in the moment and make safe decisions when crossing the road. Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you step off the kerb.  

For more tips and information check out the Centre for Road Safety website.

Last updated Tuesday 30 April 2024
Last updated Tuesday 30 April 2024