The public road network is managed by VicRoads, private owners and Council.
When making a traffic request to Council, we may forward your concern onto the appropriate land owner as we will not be able to assist you. To ensure your privacy is maintained, a Council officer will confirm with you that it is acceptable to pass on your contact details.
Traffic Volumes in Darebin
As Darebin lies between the City of Whittlesea and the Melbourne Central Business District, there is a significant proportion of through traffic in the peak periods. Some of this traffic elects to use the local road network in preference to the arterial road network. This situation is difficult to manage without creating issues for residents in accessing their homes.
- Local Roads – roads intended primarily to provide access to residential properties (typically up to 3,000 vehicles per day).
- Collector Roads – roads intended primarily to provide access to abutting residential properties and to local roads, and to connect neighbourhoods to arterial roads. These may also carry public transport (typically 3,000 to 8,000 vehicles per day).
- Arterial Roads – roads intended primarily to carry through traffic and are managed by VicRoads.
Council manages requests for speeding on local roads in a transparent manner to provide as clear advice as possible. In most instances the issue arises due to local residents driving carelessly as they are familiar with the road environment. Council will not immediately program a physical traffic treatment when a speeding issue is identified as we follow the suitable principles:
- Educate motorists by improving signs and running the ‘Not So Fast’ program where a flashing electronic speed board is placed in your street for 2 weeks
- Enforcement by Police
- Encourage travel using sustainable and low impact modes
- Engineering treatments that lower vehicle speeds without reducing walking, cycling or public transport amenity
‘Hoon’ Driver Behaviour
Anti-hoon laws are about making roads safer and reducing road trauma. They were introduced in Victoria in July 2006 to give Victoria Police the power to impound, immobilise or permanently confiscate vehicles driven by people in a dangerous manner. You can read more about the laws at the Victoria Police website
Victoria Police investigate and prosecute hoon drivers. If you have concerns about hoon driver behaviour in your area, you can report their behaviour by calling 1800 333 000 or go to the Hoon webpage
If you would like to report volume or speeding concerns in your street please call Customer Service 8470 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trucks and Heavy Vehicles on local roads
Some residents of Darebin may experience high volumes of trucks and heavy vehicles as these operators seek a route to our employment areas.
Council has approved some roads as freight corridors, but these are few in number and are chosen to minimise the impact on our residents. Normally, designated truck routes have pavements constructed to withstand the extra loading that a large sized truck presents.
If you feel that trucks are damaging a particular section of road surface, please call Customer Service on 8470 8888 or email email@example.com
We understand that Freight Management is important for businesses in Darebin and that there can be negative impacts to our residents. In order to provide access to businesses without reducing resident amenity, freight is encouraged onto strategic routes designed to carry such vehicles.
If you have a concern with truck parking, loading zones, or trucks in a residential street, please call Customer Service on 8470 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Scheme
The heavy vehicle industry recently went through a period of change with the introduction of national regulation.
During this transition period please forward truck permits and/or inquiries regarding the NHVR to email email@example.com
Updates from the Darebin Sustainable Transport Team
You can sign up for updates on transport projects and programs being managed by Darebin City Council by using the form here.
To lodge a request or complaint about traffic issues;
Telephone: 8470 8888