3 Tiered System For Roadwork Penalties To Be Introduced In June 2018

3 Tiered System For Roadwork Penalties To Be Introduced In June 2018

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Improvement To Traffic Flows Delivered With Government’s New Laws

Victor P Taffa

New penalties for roadworks which cause unnecessary traffic delays have been gazetted, enabling the introduction of the laws from June 2018.

Under the Operation Moving Traffic initiative agencies and contractors undertaking works on prescribed South Australian arterial roads including roads within the City of Adelaide will be requested to apply for a permit.

“State Government has been introducing a suite of low cost initiatives to improve the flow of traffic and cut delays across the arterial road network, complementing our record investment in road infrastructure.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

“These small improvements add up, and that’s why we’re introducing these measures where we can across the road network.”

New system will categorise prescribed roads into 3 tiered categories based on factors including traffic volumes and heavy vehicle routes, with charges incurred for works in the road corridor during designated periods.

3 tiered charges will be as follows:

  • Tier 1 (major roads)- $500 per hour Monday to Saturday, 7 am-7 pm and Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
  • Tier 2 (main roads) – $250 per hour Monday to Friday, 7 am-10 am and 3 pm-6 pm
  • Tier 3 (minor roads) – $100 per hour Monday to Friday, 7 am-9 am and 4 pm-6 pm

Permit system is aimed at encouraging work to be undertaken outside of the busiest periods on the arterial road network to reduce the delays caused by roadworks.

Expiations of $1,250 will apply to agencies and contractors which block off lanes of traffic or reduce speed limits without a permit or fail to comply with the permit conditions.

Maximum court-imposed penalty will be $20,000 for a first offence and up to $50,000 for second and subsequent offences.

Under the new scheme, 40 km/h speed limits will be prioritised for roadworks over 25 km/h and speed restrictions will need to be removed when no workers are present and road conditions do not present a danger.

New laws will commence on 1 June 2018 and are part of a suite of Government measures to reduce congestion, cut travel times and keep traffic moving.

Changes follow extensive consultation with the South Australian Police, RAA, Safework SA, City of Adelaide and the Traffic Management Association South Australia.

Background

Latest figures from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure indicate there are now 1,764,396 registered vehicles in South Australia a 35 % increase from 2000 when there were 1,302,360.

That equates to 43,000 more registered vehicles than people, based on Census statistics which record South Australia’s population at 1,721,000 at the end of March.

Without any improvements to the road network, the cost of road congestion across Greater Adelaide is expected to increase from about $1 Billion a year to an estimated $4 Billion by 2031.

Other initiatives introduced as part of Operation Moving Traffic:

  • Extending clearway times on key arterial roads including Greenhill Road, where motorists are saving up to one minute during peak periods, despite a 6 % increase in traffic volumes
  • Better synchronisation of light sequencing in the CBD saving more than 4 minutes on some routes, including Grote and Wakefield streets
  • Removing right turns from busy intersections to give an extra lane for through traffic and increase green light duration for priority routes
  • Laws to better manage roadworks, including penalties for the incorrect use of speed restrictions, for unnecessary and unauthorised closure of roads and traffic lanes, and delayed completion of roadworks.
  • New travel time signs at 64 locations including Fullarton, Port, Springbank and Port Wakefield roads.