The use of “3-2-1 Green Reflectors” is to provide enhanced safety for heavy vehicle drivers using informal heavy vehicle stopping places.
Informal stopping places, or rest areas, are not formally provided or maintained by The Department of Transport and Main Roads, but show obvious signs of use by heavy vehicles. The intent is to provide drivers of heavy vehicles wishing to use these informal sites with ample warning to avoid braking manoeuvres that are dangerous to themselves or other vehicles in the traffic stream. This is particularly important at night.
The system of marking sites is as follows:
- Three green reflectors mounted on a guide post at a minimum of 500 metres.
- Two green reflectors at a minimum of 250 metres.
- One green reflector on the guide post immediately before the stopping place.
The Road Accident Action Group Inc [RAAG] in 2014 were successful in obtaining a Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads Community Road Safety grant enabling the audit of over 3000 kilometres of Bowen Basin Highways, Development and arterial roads for 3-2-1 Green Reflector Informal stopping places.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will now roll out 3-2-1 Green Reflectors with sign maintenance programs.
RAAG is to commence building a grant funding submission to NHVR for the inspection on a six monthly basis for two years of the TMR approved 321 Green Reflector sites in the Bowen Basin road network, including the Bruce Highway, Rockhampton to Bowen with the view of reporting to TMR missing reflectors, approved sites not identified, and potential new sites that have become available that comply with the TMR 321 Green Reflector guidelines survey data.
[TMR Mackay to assist with this including loan of road chainage GPS.]
This information to be used by TMR, RoadTech and nominated authorities that maintain the road network signage.
RAAG to also supply 321 Green Reflector brochures and TMR Guidelines to TMR for dissemination to these authorities as at present there appears to be a serious shortfall of awareness of the importance of these sites.
Grant funding to cover labour costs, travel costs, administration and brochure printing costs, noting over 3500kms of highway, some that will need to be travelled twice for safety and practical reasons.