Friday, July 8, 2022

Roadwork surveillance teams go green

Surveillance Officers monitoring Victorian construction and road work sites to ensure they comply with regulations and standards, are now greener thanks to the addition of three new zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs).

Part of the Government’s $340 million Smarter Roads program, six new Congestion Surveillance and Audit officers will ensure clearways are kept unclogged and road worksites are being managed safely to keep traffic flowing on major arterials in three zones across Melbourne’s west, east, and south-east.

“These new electric vehicles will go a long way to help our surveillance team work with industry to improve traffic flow around work sites, while also reducing our carbon footprint,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll.

“As this initiative rolls out, worksites will be safer and congestion through work zones will be minimised – a win for every Victorian.

“Zero emissions vehicles play a critical role in our plan to achieve net-zero by 2050. We have set a target of 50% of new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030.”

In the west, the zone covers Werribee, Laverton, Point Cook, Altona and Williamstown and in the south east, Oakleigh, Dandenong, Berwick, Cranbourne and Mordialloc, while in the east, the zone includes Wantirna, Rowville, Glen Waverley, Ferntree Gully and Bayswater.

The introduction of these vehicles is part of a Government plan to deliver 400 ZEVs to the Government fleet by 2023 as part of a $100 million package to get more Victorians into the greener vehicles and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.  The new ZEVs have been chosen due to their extended battery range, operating from as early as 4am, with the team visiting some of the 1,500 worksites operating every day on the state’s road network.

The Traffic Management Reform Program which was launched in February also requires all traffic management companies to be accredited. Surveillance and Audit Officer are already engaging with industry to help facilitate this change over the next 12 months.

“VicRoads is working with traffic management companies along with leading training providers to update and improve the practices around some of our most significant work programs, along with making it safer for roadworkers at any site in the state,” the State Government said in a statement today.

“The program will also revolutionise the VicRoads permit portal, making it simpler and easier for traffic management companies to gain access to the permits they need to carry out vital work on Victorian roads.”

Since the inception of the Surveillance Team in November 2019, Congestion Surveillance and Audit officers have already inspected 6,000 individual worksites. Working with the industry, officers have seen a marked increase in compliance, and now regularly receive requests from industry to inspect their sites.

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