Road safety, learner drivers and child restraints

Council's role in road safety awareness

Council is proud to be a strong advocate of Local Government's role in road safety awareness.

As a long-term member of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Council works with Roads and Maritime Services and key road safety stakeholders to address behavioural issues affecting road safety in our road environment. This program has proven to be a highly effective approach to raising awareness about road safety within the Dubbo and Wellington communities.

Commitment to the program is demonstrated by the employment of a Road Safety Officer (RSO) for the past 21 years. The RSO has effectively implemented many road safety campaigns addressing road safety issues impacting on our community.  Several campaigns have attracted national attention as role models for best practice and have been recognised with awards from key road safety stakeholders.

If you're looking for current event details and/or road safety tips then visit Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington Facebook page

Road safety campaigns

Council’s Road Safety Officer (RSO) is involved in many local projects throughout the year. By forming community partnerships, the RSO is able to provide professional road safety, events management and media assistance to community groups, identify funding opportunities for road safety projects and deliver community talks about key road safety issues affecting specific road user groups.


Plan B - Taxi Home Campaign NOW CLOSED



Dubbo Regional Council and Roads and Maritime Services 'Plan B - Taxi Home' campaign has now closed, voucher submissions can no longer be accepted however those lucky recipients who have already won taxi vouchers for their Christmas parties this year can use their taxi vouchers up until midnight Christmas Eve.

Thank you to all of the businesses who applied for taxi vouchers, there were 34 local businesses who applied for a total of 361 taxi vouchers.  250 taxi vouchers were available and distributed as four weekly draws were conducted.

The winning anti drink-drive slogan was chosen by a team from Roads and Maritime Services and Council on Friday 15 December 2017.  Warwick McCarthy & Co staff of Dubbo won $500.00 toward the cost of their Christmas party with "The problem with drinking and driving is ... the 'mourning' after!"

Dubbo Regional Council and Roads and Maritime Services thank you for taking part in this Plan B drink-drive campaign and we wish you a safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year.  Remember to make your Plan B and catch a taxi. 

Fatigue driving campaigns

2018 Free Cuppa for the Driver Business Registrations OPEN NOW

Local businesses in the Dubbo Regional Council  areas are now invited to register for the next phase of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign, Free Cuppa for the Driver, which will operate once again from 1 March to 31 May 2018.

The scheme encourages visiting drivers to stop at participating businesses for a free cup of tea or coffee to take a break from driving long distances.

Dubbo Regional Council will provide the marketing and resources while businesses provide the free tea and/or coffee.

This scheme is a win for everyone involved. It’s a win for road safety as drivers take a rest break, a win for local villages, towns and cities as they attract increased visitors and a win for businesses who attract customers.

The scheme will be operating in at least 24 local government areas within Western and South Western NSW stretching from the Victorian border to the Queensland border.

Since its inception in 2010, the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme through its 256 participating businesses has given away 6,784 free cuppas throughout 187 cities, towns and villages in NSW.

There were 12 participating businesses in Dubbo, Eumungerie,  Mumbil and Wellington in the last phase of Free Cuppa, but new businesses are more than welcome to participate in the next phase.

The closing date for registrations is Friday 6 October 2017. If your business would like to participate in the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme then please contact Road Safety Officer on (02) 6801 4000 or email

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Free child car seat checking days

All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not. A series of child restraint checking days are held in Dubbo and Wellington every year.  These free checking days are a great opportunity for parents, carers and key childcare stakeholders who wish to ensure their child car seats are fitted safely and correctly.  The free checking day is also a great place to learn about the latest child restraint regulations .  The Road Safety Officer is also available to deliver group presentations about the legislative changes. Check Upcoming Events for further details.

See the Child Car Seats website for detailed information.


Helping learner drivers become safer drivers workshop

The Graduated Licence Scheme Workshops support parents and supervisors guide learner drivers through the journey from L to P1 and P2 licence phases. Two workshops are held in Dubbo per year as well as one workshop per year in Wellington. Check Upcoming Events on the home page or the Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington facebook page for details.


 Learner Driver Supervisor Workshop

Work on Driving Safely education kits

Council has developed a Work on Driving Safely education package containing information to assist employee drivers.  The information contained in the package may be useful to other organisations or individuals for induction and training of employees.

The kit includes:

  • the Safe Driving policy; 
  • a Work On Driving Safely glove-box booklet;
  • a Safe Driving Pledge (certificate);
  • an evaluation quiz about road safety and driving in country areas; and
  • fact sheets - mobile phone usage, speeding, roundabouts, child restraints, driver fatigue and drink driving;
  • a PowerPoint presentation - available upon request (large file).

More information

Contact Council's Road Safety Officer Jayne Bleechmore for more information, on 6801 4000.

Policy - Safe Driving (PDF 201.1KB) 

Glove Box Booklet - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 1.2MB)

Certificate - Driver Commitment to Fleet Safety (PDF 180.6KB)

Quiz - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 686.2KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Speed (PDF 468.2KB) 

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Drink Driving (PDF 202.8KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Driver Fatigue (PDF 199.2KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Mobile Phones (PDF 172.1KB)

Last Edited: 18 Dec 2017