AS2890.1:2004

AS2890.1:2004

Australian Standards – Speed Humps & Wheel Stops

It is important to understand what quality of product you’re purchasing in safety equipment and whether it complies with Australian Standards.

The Australian Standards regulate and determine the design, use and intent of road safety products.

There are a vast majority of road safety products that claim to abide by Australian Standards, however many of them don’t, resulting in quality and performance issues.

Quality issues:

Quality issues can result in poor quality and unknown materials used in road safety products, as well as break down of product under harsh Australian conditions and longevity of the product being greatly shorter than it should be.

 

SPEED HUMPS

Compliant Speed Hump Specifications:

The Australian Standards AS2890.1:2004, identify four main types of criteria for ‘type 2’ speed humps. Humps that comply with standards are determined by height, cross section, markings and ramps angles.

The Australian Standard specifies the physical dimensions for speed humps as having a height between 25mm and 75mm.

All speed humps must be designed with alternating parallel yellow or white strips with a width of 250mm.

When choosing a speed hump you need to consider a few factors to make an informed decision on which speed hump is right for the environment.

What product is best for you?

When choosing a speed hump you often have three choices in terms of materials, steel, rubber or plastic.

Each material has its positives and negatives, and when applied to the right environment and installed correctly they will have the best results.

Steel Speed Humps:

Steel speed humps are designed to reduce speeds for heavy vehicles and high traffic volumes.

These speed humps won’t chip or crack, and are resistant to harsh weather conditions.

Steel speed humps can hold more than four times the load bearing contact area with the road surface.

They often don’t need rubber underlays, therefore are quiet and prevent rattle and can be manufactured to be used in residential areas with standard traffic quantities.

Rubber Speed Humps:

Rubber speed humps have been tested against high volume traffic flows, and the materials used ensure durability and longevity over an extensive range of time.

They are lighter than concrete, asphalt or steel speed humps but are not as light as plastic, this allows for easier transport and installation and helps to reduce car speeds.

These speed humps won’t chip or crack and because they are dyed in easy visible colours they won’t fade.

Rubber speed humps can also be manufactured in recyclable materials which makes them environmentally friendly and can often be much cheaper than those made from brand new rubber.

Plastic Speed Humps:

Plastic speed humps are light and cost-effective, and are manufactured for low density traffic environments.

With minimal noise technology available, these speed humps are best suited to residential areas.

They are manufactured to be lightweight and easy to install.

However, with their light weight technology, they cannot hold heavy vehicles and often don’t fair well under harsh weather conditions.

Ask yourself this:

  • Does the product comply with Australian Standards, AS2890.1:2004?
  • What materials are being used to manufacture this product?
  • Can the product handle harsh Australian weather conditions?
  • What type of traffic will it be exposed to daily?
  • Does the product come with a warranty?
  • What is your expectation of life serving?

 

WHEEL STOPS

Compliant Wheel Stop Specifications:

The Australian Standards; AS2890.1:2004, wheel stops are identified by height and distance from kerb both front and rear of vehicle.

The Australia Standard AS2890.1:2004 clearly specifies the physical dimensions for wheel stops as having a height between 90 and 100mm.

Most concrete wheel stops do not comply with the standards as they exceed the maximum height.

It is specified that wheel stops that comply to Australian Standards are provided to restrain vehicle contact with a kerb higher than 150mm or a wall, should have a further 200mm added to the wheel stop distance.

This distance is measured from the front of the parking space to the point of contact with the vehicle tyre.

What product is best for you?

When choosing a wheel stop you often have three choices in terms of materials, concrete, rubber or plastic.

Each material has its positives and negatives, and when applied to the right environment and installed correctly they will have the best results.

However, out of the three rubber is often the most sustainable and convenient option.

Concrete Wheel Stops:

Concrete wheel stops are manufactured to withstand an immense amount of force.

They often are unable to be installed by just one person, and at the very most may need a mechanical lifting to be installed properly.

These make them optimal for use in heavy vehicle areas to stop vehicles from colliding with other vehicles or buildings.

However, concrete wheel stops are commonly detrimental to the vehicle that collides with them, and are susceptible to cracking and chipping, which results in further collisions.

Plastic Wheel Stops:

Plastic wheel stops are manufactured to be light and therefore are often the cheapest of all wheel stops.

They are easy to install and are often suitable for parking spaces and personal garages, however they may not be the most suitable option for commercial spaces.

With their light weight technology, they cannot hold heavy vehicles and often don’t fair well under harsh weather conditions.

Rubber Wheel Stops:

Rubber wheel stops tend to be the middle ground, and offer aspects of both the concrete and plastic wheel stops

They are lighter than concrete wheel stops but are not as light as plastic, this allows with easier transport and installation and allows them to effectively stop vehicles from colliding with other objects.

The one-piece construction means the wheel stops can be installed by one person and without the use of heavy lifting machinery.

With ease of installation, these wheel stops are able to be replaced and repaired effectively and quickly.

These wheel stops won’t chip or crack like concrete, and because they are dyed in easy visible colours they won’t fade.

Rubber wheel stops can also be manufactured in recyclable materials which makes them environmentally friendly and can often be much cheaper than those made from brand new rubber.

All of our speed humps and wheel stops comply with the Australian Standard, AS2890.1:2004 and description of what each entails, under these regulations.