October 12, 2022

Speed Hump Safety Standards Australia

Australia Speed Hump Sign

Speed Hump Compliance Standards Australia

The current speed hump safety standards for Australia can seem complex and can vary from state to state. Here we provide a breakdown of all the key standards and best practices.

What are the Safety Standards for Speed Humps?

The Australian Standard mentioned ‘AS2890.1:2004 parking facilities’ regulates the design and use of speed humps for use in off-street parking in Australia.  AS2890.1 identifies four main criteria in the design of “Type 2” speed humps -height, cross section, ramp angle and markings.  

Until now, very few “Type 2”  speed humps sold in Australia met these four criteria.  The height must be between 25 and 75mm and the ramp angle must have an angle of 2:1. Markings need to have alternating yellow and black stripes and each module should be 250mm wide.

Speed Humps Installation - Best Practices

Speed humps should not be installed in areas of loose gravel as the bolts are not suitable to hold them in these surfaces for a long period of time.  This is because vehicle wheels push against the speed humps and the gravel beneath them can shift around which forces the bolts loose and then the speed humps become hazardous.  

They are commonly installed in areas where there is concrete or an asphalt surface. In these areas the installers will find them much easier to install and the end result is much more satisfactory.

Type 2 Speed Hump Compliance

The Standards Approved speed humps that conform with the Australian standards description of a Type 2 speed hump should be used as stated by the Standards.  Namely, Type 2 is appropriate for use in relatively confined areas or covered and multi-storey carparks where it is desired to further check the speed of vehicles mostly travelling at 30 km/h or less.  Speed humps should be placed at no less than 10m apart for Type 2, along any one aisle or roadway.  

Maximum Spacing for Speed Humps along road

The maximum spacing where required to control speeds along a roadway should be approximately 50m.  The speed humps should be located in an are that is clear of intersections and curved roadways.  They should not be placed in areas that impede pedestrian or wheelchair traffic on any accessible travel path that has been provided for people with disabilities. An accessible path of travel needs to be a minimum of 1m wide.

Where do Compliant Speed Humps need to be installed?

The compliant speedhumps are commonly used in areas where traffic needs to be slowed such as shopping centres, multi-level car parks, commercial driveways, service stations, schools, hospitals or areas where there is a requirement to further check the speed of vehicles travelling at 30km/h or less.

Compliant speedhumps are commonly used in areas where traffic needs to be slowed such as shopping centres, multi-level car parks, commercial driveways, service stations, schools, hospitals or areas where there is a requirement to further check the speed of vehicles travelling at 30km/h or less.

Going by the Standards Approved is important to ensure you are installing a product that is appropriate for the area whether it be in a standard supermarket carpark,multi-storey carpark or just on a rural road where traffic needs to be slowed.

 

Angle-to-height Ratio Standards for Speed Humps

The angle height to length ratio of 1:2 must be conformed to, to ensure a steady incline for all types of vehicles.  The compliant speedhump should have a flat top that is between 100mm and 150mm wide.

The reason for the spacing of no less than 10metres between the speed humps is to ensure that all vehicles can pass the first speed hump before they begin the second one and it ensures a steady flow of traffic.  The speed humps must not impede pedestrian or wheelchair traffic.

This makes it easier for people with wheelchairs, prams, shopping carts and the like to navigate the area safely.

 

Am I liable if I install a non-certified Speed Hump?

By installing Safety Standards Approved speed humps you will greatly reduce your public liability from legal action including third parties.  This will lessen the owners of the carparks risk that is associated with irresponsible members of the public using their carparks by travelling at excessive speed and putting pedestrians and other vulnerable people at risk.

 

Northpac Australia is your local trusted Speed Hump Supplier

Northpac is keen to ensure that all speed humps are correctly installed for long term use in creating safe areas for all personnel whether it be the landowner, pedestrian, vehicle user or disabled person. Speedhumps are an excellent way to slow traffic and have been proved to be more successful than the ‘slow down’ sign which can easily be missed by drivers when concentrating on the road and surrounding traffic.

Looking at the road ahead we are more likely to spot the speed humps as we drive along.

The Northpac compliant speed humps have built-in prismatic reflectors for improved night visibility and as mentioned previously, have a slip resistant texture moulded into the surface.  There is very low noise when driven over making them suitable for residential areas and they can easily take trucks and buses as they have incredible strength while still being lightweight.  

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