LETTER TO SIRA FROM NBC
11 May 2021
Scotland Island Residents Association
Registration and TMP implementation
Apologies for the delay in responding to the requests for an update on the implementation of the Traffic Management Plan (TMP)and Conditional Registration for non-compliant vehicles (Golf Buggies and Ultra Lights).
Due to concerns raised by some members of the community regarding the implementation of the program, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) were asked to conduct a review of the project to date and requested a pause in the process.
Upon further review by TfNSW and following technical advice as to the safety issues presented by golf buggies, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and other small vehicles with a high centre of gravity and which may roll over easily, TfNSW now considers that the current permit scheme is not a suitable solution to the existing issues on Scotland Island as the road condition is not considered to be safe at this time for the operation of these vehicles.
Prior to any further action, a review of the road network on Scotland Island will need to be conducted, once the current program of work has been completed. TfNSW has raised concerns with the current speed limit of 20km/h imposed on the island and that they would need to review the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) speed limit of 10km/h.
TfNSW have advised they no longer support the TMP for conditional registration for golf buggies or similar vehicles on Scotland Island roads. Conditional registration for other vehicles may be considered on a case-by-case basis (this can be completed via application to the TfNSW Technical Enquiries Unit for assessment).
Council will continue to work with TfNSW to obtain conditional registration for golf buggies on Scotland Island and will advise SIRA and residents of Scotland Island once a solution has been achieved.
TfNSW have also advised that the ongoing use of any unregistered vehicles on Scotland Island is an offence, as the roads remain public roads under the law, and that this practice should not be encouraged.
Should you require any further information or assistance in this matter, please contact my office on 8495 6808.
Manager Transport Network