We’ve all been stuck in traffic, so we can unanimously agree that it’s a big pain. For the Sunday driver, it wastes a lot of time. For businesses and construction companies, however, it can waste even more time and money, while posing a serious risk of injury or damage. The solution is well-executed traffic control and management.

What is traffic management?

Generally speaking, traffic management is the overhead operation or plan regarding the movement of vehicles. Such a plan can be enacted in numerous urban environments, worksites or busy car parks. They include risk assessments, consideration of staffing, high-traffic areas and busy periods, and the specific choice of tools used to properly direct pedestrians and vehicles. A traffic management plan is an ongoing document that is updated accordingly, so that it becomes the most current and effective solution. These plans can be prepared in-house or outsourced to traffic management agencies.

What is traffic control?

Traffic control is the actions and apparatus used to implement traffic management. For instance, road signage and marking, cones and barriers and signals are all parts of active traffic control. Without any of these control measures, you’re leaving the door open to easily avoidable traffic incidents. Workforce traffic control is part of a plan to specifically protect vehicles and people on industrial plants or worksites.

Why is traffic control important for traffic management?

A plan is a beautiful thing, but without proper execution, it serves no real purpose. Traffic control is the explicit measures taken to maintain steady, safe flow of traffic, which, when combined with other measures, results in traffic management.

As traffic control is what drivers and site vehicle operators actually see and deal with, it’s the main line of defence. Though signs and signals can go some way to automating the system, traffic controllers serve a crucial role, and their addition to a traffic management plan makes it safer and reliable.

What traffic control measures are needed?

According to the US Department of Transportation, there are various causes for traffic congestion: bottlenecks (40%), traffic incidents (25%), work zones (10%) and more. The traffic management plan will consider the reason for congestion and apply the appropriate response. For instance, if traffic is congested due to a road blockage, detour signage will be erected and traffic controllers with direct vehicles; likewise, in the face of an inconvenient bottleneck, the traffic management plan may require the use of numerous traffic controllers, with radio communications and effective signalling devices.

Decent traffic control is an essential step towards an efficient, secure transport system, so if you need any further assistance on the matter, or wish to enlist a Traffic Management service in Australia, contact UVS Group for a consultation.