New road safety (traffic management) regulations 2019

Traffic management in a residential area

We are seeking feedback on the proposed Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations 2019.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring roads are safe and efficient for all road users.

Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations set out the responsibilities of road authorities and other bodies exercising road management functions in relation to the installation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices on road activities.

Traffic control devices include devices such as traffic signs, road markings, traffic signals or other devices used to direct traffic entering or leaving a road. Traffic control devices are integral to the safe and efficient use and operation of roads and support the implementation of the road rules.

We will consider all of your feedback and make a final recommendation to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, the Hon. Jaala Pulford.

A draft version of the proposed Regulations has been prepared and is available on our website.

You can also find out more by reading the summary consultation paper which provides an overview of the proposed changes to be made under the draft regulations.

Proposed changes to the traffic management regulations

The regulations are staying substantially the same as the existing Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations 2009, as they align with practices in Australia and internationally.

Some changes are proposed to cut red tape, improve safety and increase transparency in cost recovery for traffic management across Victorian roads.

Under the proposed changes, local councils will be able to authorise the use of many road safety and traffic control devices, cutting red tape for businesses. Currently, local councils are required to apply for authorisation from VicRoads before these devices are used for traffic management.

Victoria Police will have improved capability to control and manage safety risks related to small scale bicycle and foot race competitions. The draft regulations recommend that organisers of bicycle and foot races with less than 30 competitors will require a permit from the Chief Commissioner of Police. This will ensure that the police are aware of small-scale races and determine appropriate traffic management controls.

The draft regulations provide cost recovery of fees to process applications and provide permits for
non-road activities. This ensures the cost of a service provided is paid for by the user, rather than by taxpayers. Charitable organisations registered with the National Register of Charities will continue to have their fees waived.

We are seeking feedback on the proposed Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations 2019.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring roads are safe and efficient for all road users.

Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations set out the responsibilities of road authorities and other bodies exercising road management functions in relation to the installation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices on road activities.

Traffic control devices include devices such as traffic signs, road markings, traffic signals or other devices used to direct traffic entering or leaving a road. Traffic control devices are integral to the safe and efficient use and operation of roads and support the implementation of the road rules.

We will consider all of your feedback and make a final recommendation to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, the Hon. Jaala Pulford.

A draft version of the proposed Regulations has been prepared and is available on our website.

You can also find out more by reading the summary consultation paper which provides an overview of the proposed changes to be made under the draft regulations.

Proposed changes to the traffic management regulations

The regulations are staying substantially the same as the existing Road Safety (Traffic Management) Regulations 2009, as they align with practices in Australia and internationally.

Some changes are proposed to cut red tape, improve safety and increase transparency in cost recovery for traffic management across Victorian roads.

Under the proposed changes, local councils will be able to authorise the use of many road safety and traffic control devices, cutting red tape for businesses. Currently, local councils are required to apply for authorisation from VicRoads before these devices are used for traffic management.

Victoria Police will have improved capability to control and manage safety risks related to small scale bicycle and foot race competitions. The draft regulations recommend that organisers of bicycle and foot races with less than 30 competitors will require a permit from the Chief Commissioner of Police. This will ensure that the police are aware of small-scale races and determine appropriate traffic management controls.

The draft regulations provide cost recovery of fees to process applications and provide permits for
non-road activities. This ensures the cost of a service provided is paid for by the user, rather than by taxpayers. Charitable organisations registered with the National Register of Charities will continue to have their fees waived.

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