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Road safety

NSW Road Safety Plan 2021 

The NSW Road Safety Plan 2021 is a commitment by the government to improve road safety, with a State priority target to reduce road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2021, and a vision for a NSW transport network with zero trauma by 2056.

Each year, over two-thirds of fatalities in NSW occur on country roads and the fatality rate on country roads is four times that of metropolitan roads. Saving lives on country roads is one of our biggest challenges, which is why we are investing $640 million on implementing the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program and $250 million for enhanced enforcement, including 50 additional highway patrol officers in regional areas, roadside alcohol testing and a doubling of mobile drug testing.

Read the full Road Safety Plan 2021

New Road Safety Initiatives


Safer roads

The NSW Government is investing $822 million over five years in road safety infrastructure through the Safer Roads Program – Saving Lives on Country Roads, and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives, with:

  • The Saving Lives on Country Roads initiative to reduce the crash types commonly related to lane departure and driver fatigue, such as providing sealed shoulder widening at curves.
  • The Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiative to reduce pedestrian and bicycle rider fatalities by using a number of key treatments, such as installing traffic calming, pedestrian refuges and crossings in busy urban places, in line with the Movement and Place Framework.
  • The Australian Government also announced a further $140 million in funding for the NSW Safer Roads Program, which includes the mass rollout of audio-tactile line marking. 


Safer vehicles

The Cudal testing and research facility was launched in September 2019, with the facility capable of testing advanced vehicle and infrastructure safety technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. The site is currently being used to assist in providing vehicles with ANCAP ratings, conduct research and development for vehicle manufacturers, and for research purposes. Future plans for the facility will allow testing and refinement of emerging technologies, such as vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.


Mobile phones

Mobile phone detection cameras, including fixed and transportable cameras, are now in place across NSW (enforcement commenced on 1 March 2020). The system operates day and night and in all weather conditions to detect illegal mobile phone use.

Fixed and transportable trailer-mounted cameras will be expanded across NSW over three years. By 2022-23 it is expected that at least 135 million vehicle checks will be performed annually.


Motorcycle riders

The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) is a world-first rating system for motorcycle clothing. MotoCAP gives clothing two separate star ratings (protection and breathability) so riders can choose wisely, and encourages manufacturers to produce effective protective clothing.

Other Project Highlights

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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