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Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill with others at the launch of ‘Respect Our Code on Blue Mountains Roads’

Through a new 12-month campaign, Blue Mountains Council is encouraging locals, including those who are truck drivers, to drive respectfully.

The road safety initiative, which was launched recently, targets users of State Government-controlled roads in the Blue Mountains region and asks that drivers on these busy roads follow a number of rules at all times.

Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill, said the primary objective of the campaign is to achieve safer conditions and improve the amenity of roads across the region.

“Our roads are very busy with a diverse range of users, from heavy vehicles to cars and motorcycles, through to bicycles and pedestrians,” he said.

The new campaign was developed by Council following consultation with the community and the heavy vehicle industry.

It reminds Mountains residents to keep a safe distance between vehicles at all times, overtake with care, observe designated speed limits, ensure enough allowance for slowing down and stopping, and create cleaner, quieter neighbourhoods.

As part of the initiative, promotional stickers will be available for heavy vehicles that regularly use State roads within the region.

Council will also continue to work with the heavy vehicle industry to look at ways to reduce the impacts of vehicle emissions and noise.

Road Freight NSW General Manager, Simon O’Hara, said engine brake noise close to residential areas can be minimised by installing mufflers designed to reduce the noise.

“Heavy vehicle drivers can also turn off noisy engine brakes in residential areas and ensure their exhaust systems are in good operating condition,” he said.

Cr Greenhill said the campaign is timely because December and January are incredibly busy on main roads in the Mountains.

“The Great Western Highway, Bells Line of Road, Darling Causeway and Hawkesbury Road are all busy due to summer holiday traffic,” he said.

“We need all road users thinking about their role in ensuring our roads are safe.

“We also need to continue to work with stakeholders to minimise the impact of heavy vehicles on our roads.

“Roads and Maritime Services are forecasting a doubling of freight on the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road by 2031.

“So all work done in this area will help keep our roads safe and create cleaner and quieter neighbourhoods.”