- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Council works with a range of local and regional organisations as well as the Transport for NSW and NSW Police to improve safety and awareness on our roads. Contact our Road Safety Officer on 4732 7777.
Want to suggest a speed limit change or a location that needs a speed camera? Visit the State Government's Safer Roads NSW website.
For NSW road safety information and campaigns visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au
Child car seats
2 in 3 car seats are not being used properly
Make sure your child is safe with a free inspection by authorised restraint fitters.
You can have your child car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and fit.
A road safety initiative brought to you by Penrith City Council, in partnership with NSW Government
Council’s next Child Car Seat Check Day will be held on Saturday 2 May 2020 from 9am – 12 midday.
Further dates are scheduled for:
- Saturday 2 May 2020
- Saturday 20 June 2020
Bookings are essential for this free event. Bookings are subject to availability. Bookings by Family Daycare operators are not accepted. Participants are only charged the cost of any accessories required to make the restraint safe.
See the Free child car seat safe checks event page for more information.
Helping Learner Drivers Workshop
Council periodically hosts free helping learner drivers workshops.
Please contact our Road Safety Officer for more information or to register your interest in attending the next event by calling 4732 7777.
Vehicle Safety Rating
Vehicle safety has come a long way in the last few years. Do you know how safe your vehicle is? Visit the Safe Vehicles website for useful information about vehicle safety.
Safety around schools
Each day we travel to school is a chance to teach our child to:
- cross the road safely
- wear a seat belt and use a child car seat, and
- travel in a busy place with patience and good planning.
Did you know?
Many children are not learning how to cross the road as they often travel as passengers in cars.
To cross the road safely:
- Hold a child’s hand till they are at least 8 years of age.
- Talk to your child: “let’s look left, look right. Have the cars stopped? Let’s walk across”.
- Choose a safe place to cross - pedestrian crossings or traffic signals; a place where you can see cars coming, and drivers can see you
Teaching your child now prepares them for when they’re older and walking alone.
Driving with patience
- School streets are busy with families of children near the morning and afternoon bells.
- Please drive safely near children.
Plan your trip to avoid the crowds:
- Time your arrival carefully, and don’t rush.
- Children wait happily in supervision with teachers after school.
- If the parking is full, wait 5 minutes before driving in.
- Try walking to school – great exercise, saves petrol, chat with friends!
- If you can’t walk from home, park a block or 2 from the school and have a quick walk.
Please always drive and park legally.
- Children are small, hard to see, and likely to act quickly and without thinking.
- 40km/hr School Zones are for the safety of children.
- Please drive very slowly and do not use your mobile phone near schools.
Illegal parking around schools puts lives at risk. That's why Council takes a 'zero tolerance' approach. Our Rangers and Parking Officers regularly patrol around 80 schools across the City. We check signs, monitor parking and issue infringement notices to people who do the wrong thing.
St Marys Community and Road Education Scheme (CARES)
Council’s Community and Road Education Scheme (CARES) has celebrated its 21st birthday. This year alone has seen in excess of 2700 students from 48 schools participate in the program that educates primary school children on road and bicycle safety.
See the St Marys Community and Road Education Scheme (CARES) page for more information.
Burn-Outs and Dangerous Driving
Residents sometimes express concern about hearing or seeing drivers who do burn-outs near people’s homes. We all need to live in a comfortable, safe and friendly area.
Burn-outs can cause injury to drivers, passengers and other people; please drive safely in local neighbourhoods. Download the Hoon Behaviour Factsheet.
Report a parking sign
Parking signs convey directions for safe and convenient parking. They benefit all road users, including pedestrians, and are the responsibility of the NSW Government on State (Major) Roads, and Council on Local (minor) roads.
If you see confusing, faulty or damaged parking signs on State Roads you can let Service NSW know online. They can then take action where appropriate.
For local Roads please use Council’s Report a Problem form.