Traffic management involves many complex terms and processes. Here are the most common questions about traffic management.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLANNING
A Traffic Guidance Scheme is an A3 drawing showing the proposed arrangement of temporary traffic control devices of your worksite and how the existing road and footpath conditions will be affected. It outlines traffic controller instructions, work area and private property access arrangements and public transport allowances.
A Traffic Management Plan is a document that outlines the proposals for the management of traffic, including any relevant traffic guidance schemes and standard operating procedures. It details the nature and duration of the work activity and includes a risk assessment for each stage of works. It looks at the clearance between the trafficable lane and persons conducting works or other road users and sets out the hazard control measures that will be used to mitigate the risk. Provisions for public transport and other vehicular traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and persons with disabilities are also part of the TMP document. In addition, the TMP outlines vehicle volumes of the affected road, existing lane configurations and reviews whether the proposed safety control measures (e.g lane closures and speed reductions) would affect the surrounding road network and cause delays to traffic. The TMP will include suggestions to shift durations and times for conducting the works (e.g. day or night operation) which aim to minimize the impact of the works on traffic and adjacent landowners/occupiers.
A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is far more detailed than a Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS). It’s a document that in it includes at least one and potentially more Traffic Guidance Schemes. The number of Traffic Guidance Schemes will be determined by the complexity and nature of your work activity. Learn More hyperlink – https://trafficplanscompany.com.au/blog/traffic-guidance-scheme-vs-traffic-management-plan-what-is-the-difference/
In simple terms, a TMP is always required, however complexity of the TMP typically mirrors the impact and complexity of the work activity. If your work is on an arterial road you are required to obtain a TMP from a suitably qualified traffic management company. If however, your work is of minimal impact and is located off-road whereby the local council is the coordinating road authority, it is possible a detailed TGS and a hazard assessment can meet the requirement of a TMP.
A construction management plan is a document that is typically prepared by the builder / project manager in which they detail how they intend to manage the following:
- Public safety, amenity and site security
- Stakeholder management
- Operating hours, noise and vibration controls
- Air quality and dust management
- Stormwater and sediment control
- Waste and material re-use management
The builder / project manager may engage a professional to prepare the CMP on their behalf, however once the CMP has been endorsed by the council, it is the project manager’s responsibility all aspects of the CMP are complied with.
Your local council will be able to tell you if you require a CTMP for your work. If a CTMP is required, it will be listed as a condition on the planning permit which will need to be endorsed by the relevant council prior to the commencement of any buildings or works on the land.
A swept path analysis is a simulation of a vehicles’ swept path as it drives through a particular area, for example a street or a car park. It is used to evaluate if a vehicle will have space to move and turn within the allocated space without mounting traffic islands or street curbs and hitting any buildings or street furniture such as traffic signs, traffic lights or power poles. A swept path analysis is typically completed using specialized CAD software such as Autoturn. Learn More hyperlink – https://trafficplanscompany.com.au/blog/swept-path-analysis-software-benefits/
A Warehouse Traffic Management Plan documents and helps explain how the warehouse traffic risks will be managed. Warehouse traffic includes cars, delivery trucks, powered mobile plant like forklifts and pedestrians like workers and visitors. Vehicles including powered mobile plant moving in and around a workplace, reversing, loading and unloading are linked with death and injuries to workers and member of the public. A Warehouse Traffic Management Plan proposes ways of protecting pedestrians and eliminating the traffic hazard by eliminating interactions between pedestrians and vehicles. Where elimination is not possible a Warehouse Traffic Management Plan proposes ways in which to minimize the risks as far as is reasonably practicable.
In most instances, we can prepare a Traffic Guidance Scheme within 1 – 2 business days.
In most instances, we can prepare an urgent Traffic Guidance Scheme within 4 – 8 hours.
In most instances, we can prepare a Traffic Management Plan for single stage works within 2-4 business days. Traffic Management Plans for multi-stage works may take a little longer, generally within 5 business days.
In most instances, we can prepare a Swept Path Analysis within 3 – 5 business days.
In most instances, we can prepare a Warehouse Traffic Management Plan within 1-2 weeks.
In most instances, we can prepare a Construction Traffic Management Plan within 1–2 weeks.
PERMITS & APPROVALS
A VicRoads Memorandum of Authorization or MoA is a permit issued by VicRoads allowing the traffic management company listed on the permit to manage traffic and install temporary traffic control devices at a worksite or event on a freeway or arterial road.
A VicRoad MoA must be acquired any time installation of temporary traffic control devices is required on the road or road reserve where VicRoads is the coordinating road authority, such as a freeway or an arterial road.
This includes instances where the actual works being undertaken are on local roads, however, the advance warning signage requires placement on the road reserve of arterial roads.
Applications for VicRoads MoA permits can only be made by VicRoads pre-qualified or accredited traffic management or planning companies. VicRoads MoA applications made by unaccredited companies are rejected.
Currently VicRoads does not charge for MoA approvals. However, VicRods has announced that in the future applications for MoA permits will require payment. The fees which are yet to be implemented will be based on the following structure:
Three (3) months is typically the longest VicRoads will approve an MOA. For projects lasting longer, MoA extensions are required every 3 months.
Yes – there are several other permissions and fees that may apply should you need to conduct works or run events on a freeway or arterial road. These include;
- Consent to work on road reserve also known as VicRoads Consent or Works Within Road Reserve (WWRR)
- WWRR Consent application fee
- Non-road activity permits – such as events and filming permits
- Road Occupation Charge
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