Traffic Management

Managing Traffic in Cessnock LGA

Traffic is managed by two road authorities according to the classification of those roads.  RMS is responsible for traffic related matters and traffic facilities on State Roads, while Council is responsible for traffic related matters on Regional and Local Roads within the LGA.  State and Regional Roads in Cessnock LGA are highlighted on the map below.  

State and Regional Roads in Cessnock LGA

Road responsibilities & classifications

There are three main types of roads within the Cessnock Local Government Area:

  • State Road (Road and Maritime Services is the responsible authority for these roads);
  • Regional Roads (Council is the road authority, however RMS consent is required for various activities); and
  • Local Roads (Council is the road authority and performs functions under delegation from RMS).

State Roads

Matters on State Roads, including traffic management, parking, traffic lights and speed limits, are the responsibility of RMS.  To report a problem or make an enquiry on any of these matters, please contact:

Regional and Local Roads

Council is responsible for managing traffic on Regional and Local Roads.  To make Cessnock roads safer, Council undertakes a number of tasks such as:

  • Investigate traffic problems
  • Develop traffic management options to improve traffic conditions for all road users
  • Review on-street parking arrangements
  • Run Road Safety education programs
  • Investigate new street lighting proposal

Speed Limits

RMS set speed limits on all public roads in New South Wales.  Centre for Road Safety - Safe Speed Limits

RMS also maintain and erect existing speed limit signs and speed limit numerals marked on the road surface.  To enquire or comment on speed limits, please contact:

  • RMS at Safer Roads NSW and click on the "Speed Limits" tab;
  • Roads and Maritime Services
  • Roads and Maritime Services, Hunter Region Office, Locked Bag 30, Newcastle NSW 2300
  • Telephone (02) 4924 0240 or 131 782


Speed limits are enforced by NSW Police.  NSW Police receive reports of vehicles exceeding the sign posted speed limit, preferably with a vehicle description, registration number, and other relevant information at:

  • Cessnock Police Station (02) 4991 0199
  • Kurri Kurri Police Station (02) 4937 1593
  • Maitland Police Station (02) 4934 0200

Illegal street racing involves a number of vehicles travelling at excessive speeds, often in close proximity to each other on public roads.


Burnouts, fishtails and donuts are hooning. When a car is driven in a manner that causes the drive wheels to undergo a sustained loss of traction with the roadway, or causes the vehicle to “fishtail” along the road or perform "donuts", the manner of driving is referred to as “hooning”. 

In the case of this antisocial and irresponsible manner of driving, which is usually accomplished by means of harsh or inappropriate acceleration, combined with severe steering technique.  Some offenders even go as far as depositing liquid or other matter on the roadway to facilitate a loss of traction.

Hooning and street racing are particularly dangerous practices, with potential risks of death or injury to the vehicle occupants, other road users and property

From an environmental perspective hooning often produces unnecessary noise and smoke, as well as defacing road surfaces, all of which damages the amenity of the area.

The appropriate agency to deal with hooning is the NSW Police Force.

Police are vested with the power to stop offending vehicles, interview vehicle owners/drivers and take appropriate legal action.  Police officers have the training and equipment needed to adequately address driver behaviour issues and they are able to seize and impound offending motor vehicles and remove number plates.

Unfortunately the resources do not exist to have a police vehicle on all streets at all times.  Police rely on receiving information from the public to enable them to address dangerous and antisocial driving practices to make our streets safer.

In order to pursue these matters police do not have to witness these offences themselves, they are able to act on witness accounts. When you observe such driver behaviour, simply obtain as much descriptive detail as you safely can about the offending vehicle and contact police.

Traffic Signals

Traffic signals on all roads come under the direct care and control of RMS.  For information on traffic signals, or to report a problem with traffic signals, please contact:

Street Lighting

Council considers requests relating to street lighting where the lighting effects traffic safety.  For enquiries regarding maintenance of existing street lighting, or to report a street light not working, please contact:

  • Ausgrid Street Lighting Faults in NSW on 1800 044 808
  • Report online at: Ausgrid

Parking Restrictions

Council manages parking restrictions on Regional and Local Roads.  Local parking restrictions are designed to encourage:

  • Pedestrian safety
  • Passenger safety during pick up or set down
  • Safer driving and parking conditions
  • Better use of limited on-street parking

Designated parking areas and time restrictions are used to help regulate parking to ensure vacant spaces are available.  If you drive or ride a vehicle, please be aware what parking restrictions mean and how to follow them correctly.  For information on the various types of parking signs and their meanings, click here.

Cessnock Local Traffic Committee

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has delegated installation of certain traffic control devices on Regional and Local roads to the Councils of NSW.  Matters relating to state roads or functions that have not been delegated to Council’s must be referred directly to the RMS.

To exercise its delegation, Council is required to have a Local Traffic Committee and to refer relevant traffic control matters to the Committee.  Rather than having decision-making powers, the Committee is primarily a technical review committee. It advises Council on matters for which the Council has delegated authority to make decisions on, such as parking and traffic management.

Council is not bound by the advice given by the committee, however, if Council does wish to act contrary to the unanimous advice of the committee or when the advice is not unanimous, it must notify the RMS and the NSW Police and wait 14 days before proceeding.

The Committee, chaired by a Councillor, is made of local representatives including Police, transport providers, RMS as well as the State Member.

The Committee considers reports investigated and prepared by Council Officers and makes recommendations to Council on the installation of regulatory traffic control devices on Regional and Local roads that are enforceable by NSW Police.  

The Committee has no powers or delegation to act on illegal driver behaviour or non-compliance with road rules such as speeding, hooning or use of unregistered vehicles.  These matters should be reported directly to NSW Police.  

Further Information

Should you have any other traffic queries please contact Council's Customer Service Officers on (02) 4993 4100.