Roadworks and events that occur on City roads or road reserves will in most cases require a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) to be submitted for review and acceptance by the City prior to the works or event.
The purpose of a TMP is to maintain an adequate level of service for all road users (including cyclists and pedestrians) and adequately provide for the safety of workers, road users and the general public.
There is legislation governing the use of traffic management which is administered by Main Roads WA (MRWA) and by various local governments who are signatory to an agreement with MRWA to oversee the traffic management legislative requirements within their boundaries.
The information below outlines the City’s obligations, requirements and approvals when receiving, reviewing and endorsing traffic management plans prepared by individuals or organisations planning to conduct works or events on a road reserve within the City of Rockingham.
When is a Traffic Management Plan required? How do I prepare a Traffic Management Plan? What do I need to submit a Traffic Management Plan?
Roadworks such as below but not limited to:
- Survey and inspection
- Road construction, maintenance, and resurfacing
- Footpath and driveway construction or repair
- Verge maintenance, landscaping, and vegetation control
Events such as below but not limited to:
(where the proceedings will take place on or within close proximity of the road)
- A race meeting for athletes
- Race, rally, or reliability trials for vehicles
- Speed tests
- Sporting, recreational, social, fundraising, or artistic events (street parties etc.)
- Political, religious, cultural, or commemorative parades or rallies
Private Works, Development, and Other such as below but not limtied to:
- Storage and/or placement of building material, waste material, or skip bins on any verge or roadway
- Building and construction works on adjoining property that may impact, disrupt or cause harm to road users and the public (swimming pool installation using a crane etc.)
- Demolition of buildings and structures on adjoining property that may impact, disrupt or harm road users and the public
- Installation or maintenance of utilities/services (water, gas, power etc.)
What is the timeframe of the review process?
All submissions must contain the following documentation:
- A copy of approval for the works from the relevant approving authority e.g. for works on utilities - the utility owner, for works on a City asset within the road reserve - the relevant City Engineering Service Unit, etc.
- A copy of a Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance of sufficient value to cover risk associated with the works and traffic management implementation.
- A Traffic Management Plan designed by an appropriately accredited Traffic Management Plan designer as per the Main Roads WA Code of Practice, and as a minimum reviewed by a secondary holder of Advanced Worksite Traffic Management Accreditation (AWTM) or higher level of accreditation if required by the Code of Practice.
Note: For works not being carried out between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays), an approval for out-of-hours construction Noise Management Plan will be required from the City’s Health Services separate to the TMP approval process.
What is my responsibility as the applicant?
For low complexity works – a minimum of 15 business days is required.
For complex works – a minimum of 20 business days is required (not including any notification period that may be required).
What is my duty of care as the applicant?
Ultimately it is the responsibility of the individual or organisation proposing to undertake the works within a road reserve to ensure they comply with all relevant statutory and other obligations.
Applicants are responsible for the safe and timely execution of the proposed works and need to notify the City of any changes in the way the works will be undertaken.
Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with the works including the applicant’s supervision, inspection, materials, testing, road signage and line marking and any other requirement as specified by Main Roads WA or the City of Rockingham. Applicants are responsible for works undertaken by contractors or subcontractors working on their behalf.
What are the reporting requirements?
As stated in the Main Roads WA Traffic Management for Works on Roads - Code of Practice, “Any party who undertakes work on a road that is open to traffic, by law has a “duty of care” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take all steps that are reasonably necessary to prevent any person being injured or damage being caused to the property of others while carrying out those works."
The Occupational Health and Safety Act specifically requires:
An employer to provide a safe workplace for its employees and
Any person in control of a workplace, to take measures to ensure persons who have access to that workplace (including road users in case of a roadworks site) are not exposed to hazards.
As part of this "duty of care", any party undertaking works within a road reserve that is under the care, control and management of the City that presents a risk to, or impacts on road users is required to have approval to implement a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) from the City in accordance with the Code of Practice.
Can a Traffic Management Plan be revoked after approval has been given?
All traffic management activities must be recorded according to the Main Roads WA Code of Practice. As a minimum the following completed records must be kept:
- daily dairies,
- daily inspection sheets,
- details of any incident or accidents resulting from the works or events.
The City may request to view the above records during an audit of your site. Failure to supply appropriate records of traffic management activities may result in the applicant and any of the applicant’s agents, consultants or contractors being refused when seeking endorsement of any future traffic management plans.
I have more questions, who can I speak to?
The City of Rockingham regularly undertakes audits of any work that is occurring within our road network. Should any unauthorised works or events be detected, the individual or organisation responsible may be instructed to immediately terminate the work or event and remove all plant and equipment from the site. In case of any breach of duty of care, the City will report the incident to Worksafe.
The City of Rockingham will not be liable for any costs associated with any work or events terminated prior to completion.
As part of any audit, if any sub-standard traffic management is identified, the traffic management must be immediately rectified to the satisfaction of the City. The applicant will be responsible for the cost of rectifying any sub-standard traffic management. If the sub-standard traffic management is not corrected, the City may instruct the individual or organisation responsible to immediately terminate the work/event and remove all plant and equipment from the site. Non-compliance with a request to cease work will result in the matter being referred to Worksafe.