New targets to halve deaths and reduce serious injuries by 30% on New South Wales roads by 2030 have been set.

The target is part of the newly-released 2026 Road Safety Action Plan which outlines new road safety initiatives to reduce the road toll and underpins a Government commitment to spend an additional $250 million on road safety.

“One death is a death too many and we want to create the safest road system we can, so that everyone using the road returns home safely to their families,” said Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward.

“We know the measures we’ve delivered through our previous Plan have worked to save lives. 270 people were killed on NSW roads last year, our lowest road toll since 1923, but this number is still too high.”

The 2026 Road Safety Action Plan includes:

  • Trialling a vehicle safety program to increase the use of safer vehicles among younger and disadvantaged drivers.
  • Trialling technology on heavy vehicles and buses to improve detection of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Using existing mobile phone detection cameras to detect drivers not wearing a seatbelt, with legislation to make the change to go to NSW Parliament this year.
  • Delivering a new heavy vehicle safety strategy through partnership with industry.
  • Further expanding the Driver Licencing Access Program, which supports disadvantaged people to become safely licenced.
  • Revitalising the strategy for drug and alcohol testing of drivers.