Any business which operates on or near roads (or pedestrian access) is required by law to have some form of traffic management plan. Whether this is an ongoing standard plan that relates mostly to the terms of their commercial lease, or whether it’s a comprehensive plan that relates to high traffic or high risk temporary conditions, most business owners will have to consider traffic management and planning concepts at some stage during the course of their business operations. The most likely situation is temporary works which require large machinery or trucks to be taking up a lot of road space outside the premises, however there are a number of other permits and licenses which require a comprehensive traffic management plan in order to be approved.
The State Government of NSW’s Department of Transport – Roads and Maritime Services advises that the purpose of traffic management regulation is to improve road safety, manage commuter, bus freight and tourism movement in a way that allows them to all use the same infrastructure efficiently, improving transport alternatives such as cycling and walking, reducing congestion in inner city areas, avoiding unnecessary delays as may be caused by events, and integrating new developments into the road network. This should be a clue as to the massive variety of organisations and business owners that may need traffic management plans and associated services. Any development, incidence or activity which is going to impinge on these interests is going to come under the purview of the Department, as well as local government- events and building are usually regulated at that local level.
Whenever you’re applying for a permit to build, hold an event, extend, renovate etc., make sure you take into account the comprehensive requirements that regulators have of traffic management plans. Every road user must be considered, from logistics companies using the route for regular transport, to pedestrians using the sidewalk, to local residents (if the development is in a residential area). Your plan will need to take into account every possible stakeholder, and certain notifications may be required to be made to property owners/residents in the area. The plan will also need to take into account which management equipment and personnel would be most appropriate for minimising the impact of any alterations to traffic or road availability in the area. This could include everything from site signage, to signage on tributary roads, to barriers and traffic director personnel around the site itself.
Not sure if you need traffic management services? Call us on 1800 987 891 and one of our staff can let you know how we make traffic planning and execution more efficient for you.