4. Traffic Management Plan Checked Against the Code of Practice And Approved
The RCA acknowledges receipt of the TMP to the contractor within 24 hours of receiving the TMP.
Decision is made by the RCA's TMC/engineer who must:
- be independent of the preparation of the TMP
- have received training from an NZTA-certified training course for this purpose
- be delegated the authority by the RCA as suitable to approve such plans on their behalf
TMC/engineer decided whether the TMP is approved or requires amendment. If the TMP is approved by the engineer it must be forwarded to the TCA/TMC for acceptance and coordination.
With states reasons, the RCA/TMC/engineer may refuse to approve and/or accept any TMP if the proposed TTM is considered to be unsafe, in contraventio of the CoPTTM, or where reasonable alternatives may exist that may be safer or cause less traffic delay.
Examples where RCA/TMC/engineer may refuse to approve a TMP are:
- the closure of some lanes may lead to dangerous queuing
- merging tapers are too short to safely merge traffic
Where two TMPs are lodged for the same stretch of road to undertake activities at the same time, the RCA/TMC/engineer may approve one TMP and allow both groups to undertake their activity within that TMP>Top