Motorcycling in the Hunter
The Hunter Region is home to some of the most popular motorcycling routes in the State – from meandering wine country roads to the pristine coastlines and beyond, there is truly something for everyone. Motorcycling in the Hunter is a jointly developed publication by Cessnock, Port Stephens, Maitland, MidCoast and Dungog Councils.This publications showcases the best routes in the Hunter and promotes safety for all riders. Active motorcycle riders have been heavily involved in putting it together. We all benefit from making our roads safer – motorcyclists, motorists, visitors, residents and Councils all pay a social and economic cost for crashes, so it’s up to us to reduce the number and severity of incidents on our 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:
- RMS at Roads and Maritime Services
- Roads and Maritime Services, Hunter Region Office, Locked Bag 30 Newcastle NSW 2300
- Telephone (02) 4924 0240
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
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.