Road rules and road conditions
As the roads on Scotland Island are NSW gazetted roads, vehicles are permitted on the island. The road rules which pertain on the mainland, apply on the island. Vehicles must be registered.
Driving conditions on the island are different to most mainland conditions in the following ways:
- island roads are shared by pedestrians and vehicles
- the roads are only partially paved and are quite rugged in some places, so most vehicles are four-wheel drive
- most roads are wide enough for only one vehicle and there are limited passing areas on the roads
- other modes of transport, such as golf buggies and quad bikes, are also used on the island, but currently these are unable to be registered for NSW gazetted roads (* see the note below and the proposed Northern beaches Council Traffic Management Plan).
Registration of vehicles
All vehicles on the island must be registered. However, vehicles do not have to be taken to the mainland for a pink slip. The Fire Station is a registered inspection centre, and the pink slips given on the annual inspection day are valid for a full year to allow for varying registration expiry dates. Renewals must be taken to the RMS office at Warriewood Square.
Inspection day is scheduled for June-July every year and residents are advised through the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter (the PON) and through SIRA Communications. Residents must present their cars for inspection at the fireshed and pay a fee. They then file the pink slip until their car’s registration is due.
* Golf buggies and quad bikes etc can not currently be registered, and thus, are uninsurable. SIRA is currently working with Northern Beaches Council and Transport for NSW to allow for the conditional registering of these vehicles, and thus make their use legal on Scotland Island. Please view the Roads and Drainage Subcommittee page for more details, including about the proposed Scotland Island Traffic Management Plan.
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