A reminder to traffic controllers about the new rules coming into force on the 1st of February this year, regarding the use of electronic devices whilst operating a motor vehicle.
From 1st February 2020, the fines in Queensland for the above is a $1000 fine and 4 demerit points. If you commit the same offence within a 12 month period the fine for the second offence will be another $1000, but double demerit points (8 demerit points).
This will mean that even if a person has all of their 12 points, they would lose their licence for committing two of the above offence within 12 months (4 demerit points + 8 demerit points = 12 demerit points).
For more information on the upcoming changes see TMR’s website here.
If you (as the driver of a vehicle) find that you need to use an electronic device for work purposes (e.g. to record signage placement), you should:
- Alight the vehicle and stand in a safe location’ prior to using device or,
- Ask your passenger to use device.
If these options are not available and you decide to use the device while in the driver’s seat then you must:
- Pull over into a safe and legal parking area ‘clear of expected travel paths’,
- Put the vehicle into park / in gear with handbrake on etc,
- Turn the vehicle off, and,
- Take the keys out of the ignition
To ensure there is not a misconception you are using an electronic device whilst operating a vehicle, it is recommended that you exit the vehicle and move to a safe location before using the electronic device. The safe location would preferably be away from the vehicle.
In all situations the operator of the vehicle remains responsible for the safe operation of it and the payment of any fines for failure to follow any Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD (TMR) road rules.
Please note, we are currently seeking clarification from TMR on what may or may not constitute using an electronic device whilst operating a vehicle. More information to follow once the clarifications have been made.
A big thank you to all of our clients and customers for their engagement with us in traffic management this year. We look forward to the coming year and are keen to keep providing the quality services you’ve all come to know from us.
As always, our traffic management arm will be operating 24/7, this includes over this holiday period. So should you be in need of traffic management services, please make sure you contact us on our 24 hour line 3881 3008 and we will be happy to work with you.
Also, a big thank you to all of our staff who have been working hard throughout the year. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Finally, congratulations to John Cassel our compliance manager who was the winner of the Traffic Management Association of Australia (TMAA) QLD branch, golden stop/slow bat award last Thursday (12/12/19). This award is given to the person who has contributed a great deal for positive outcomes to the TMAA, over the course of the year.
Happy Holidays to all and Happy New Year!
Wondering what courses Acquired offer?
We offer the full breadth of courses for the traffic management industry.
We are happy to do group bookings, and are able to come to you anywhere across the state*.
This past year alone we have trained in places such as Normanton, Thargomindah, Roma, Barcaldine, Childers, Cairns, Townsville & Mackay. And these were all on top of our regularly scheduled courses at Caloundra, Brendale, Upper Coomera and Ipswich.
See below for our full offerings.
- CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (White Card)
- Traffic Controller Skill Set (RIISS00044 Work Zone Traffic Control). Which includes:
- RIIWHS205D Control Traffic with Stop/Slow Bat
- RIICOM201D Communicate in the Workplace
- RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
- Traffic Management Implementation. Which includes:
- RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan (for full / new entrants and renewals)
- RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes (for the renewal course only)
- RIIRTM201D Position, set-up and operate a variable message sign (note this is normally a combination course with the PTSS unit)
- RIIRTM202D Position, set-up and operate portable traffic signals (note this is normally a combination course with the VMS unit)
- RIIRTM301D Operate a truck or trailer mounted attenuator
- RIICWD503D Prepare work zone traffic management plan
Please also note that where required, AATC is WHSQ and DTMR approved for Queensland delivery.
Contact us today on 3881 3008 (option 2) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our courses.
*Terms and conditions apply, please contact us for further details.
We’re halfway through October already, where does the time go?
AATC are training almost all the way up to Christmas, so check out our course pages for upcoming dates that are nearest to you.
Traffic Control (TC) – New Entrants
Traffic Control (TC) – Renewal
Traffic Management Implementation (TMI) – New Entrants
Traffic Management Implementation (TMI) – Renewal
Don’t forget with the TMI course there is now a requirement for you to complete the Working in Proximity to Traffic Parts 1 and 2 (WPT).
More information on this can be found via our post here. Or via the TMR website here.
If you’d like to contact us with some questions about the courses or the WPT, please call us on 3881 3008 (option 2) or email us at email@example.com
In TMR’s June Traffic Management Newsletter they have acknowledged that during set-up of a worksite there may be some short-term non-compliance with some MUTCD clauses. See below for what they have said.
“During set-up and removal of traffic control devices at road worksites, it is acknowledged that non-compliances withsome clauses of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will occur.
This can include, for example, when signs and devices are installed in one direction of travel, and not the other, offset speed zones will be created. While the MUTCD does not permit offset speed zones on two lane two way roads (other than at buffer zones), any such non-conformance during the set-up or removal process is not considered a nonconformance with the requirements of the MUTCD.
TMR encourages traffic control providers to minimise the set-up and removal times as much as possible, and proactively manage risks associated with any non-compliance.” – Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland, Traffic Management Newsletter (June 2019).
For the full newlsetter visit the TMR website here.