A reference group made up of key stakeholders and industry representatives will be established to guide an independent review into regional road signage.
The inquiry will examine whether temporary traffic signage installed in regional areas is properly secured and displayed at roadworks sites, following community concern.
The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) will undertake the research for the inquiry.
ARRB is a national organisation with 60 years of expert knowledge in transport research.
The Reference Group will be chaired by Dennis O’Reilly, Executive Director for the Department of Transport, with members to be invited from the following groups:
- The Traffic Management Association Australia WA;
- Engineers Australia;
- Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia WA;
- Western Roads Federation;
- TWU; and
- Main Roads WA.
Public consultation will be undertaken during the review, which will also involve a comparative analysis of regional traffic management signage practices in other States and jurisdictions.
The review and its final report are anticipated to be completed within six months.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“Following community feedback we are establishing a review into temporary road signage in regional Western Australia.
“We are establishing a reference group of key industry representatives to be a part of this inquiry, with research to be undertaken by the Australian Road Research Board, a trusted national transport research organisation.
“The independent, expert advice offered by ARRB will provide valuable insight into ensuring temporary signage remains secure and does its job of warning and advising road users to ensure their safety.
“We anticipate the review to take about six months – I look forward to receiving the results of the review.”