Manual of uniform traffic control devices (MUTCD)
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has adopted Australian Standard AS1742 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices as part of national harmonisation. As a result, the Queensland MUTCD will only provide requirements and recommendations specific to Queensland.
The requirements and recommendations of the Queensland MUTCD take precedence over the Australian Standard (except where the Australian Standard is accepted without changes).
Harmonisation of the Queensland MUTCD affects all users of the MUTCD including Transport and Main Roads Regions/Districts, local government authorities, contractors and consultants. All users will need to refer to the Queensland MUTCD and the Australian Standard, the Queensland Guide to Road Safety, the Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management, the Queensland Guide to Traffic Management and Austroads.
Harmonisation of the Queensland MUTCD will be carried out in stages and is proposed for completion in 2023. When a harmonised Part is published, the previous version and any related supplements will be withdrawn and will cease to have effect.
Where referenced documents contain information that is different or contrary to that of the MUTCD, please advise Transport and Main Roads by emailing TrafficEngineering.Support@tmr.qld.gov.au.
New standards for Temporary Traffic Management in effect in Queensland from 1 December 2021.
What does this mean for projects currently underway?
For contracts in place prior to 1 December 2021, the version and applicable parts of the Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management that were specified in the tender (and then in the contract documents) are still considered to be applicable for the duration of the project. The legal support for this is detailed in the Transitional Guideline Approved Notice (following):
MUTCD Legal authority
The MUTCD Legal authority is available for viewing.
An amendment register records changes to the harmonised Queensland MUTCD.
Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (Harmonised)
- Part 1: General introduction and index of signs
- Part 3: Traffic control for works on roads
- See also Guideline - Traffic Management at Works on Roads and Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management
- Form M994
- Part 4: Speed controls
- Additional resources for speed limit setting are available in Queensland Road Safety Technical User Volumes (QRSTUV): Guide to Speed Management.
- Part 5: Street name and community facility name signs
- Part 6: Service and tourist signs
- Part 7: Railway crossings
- Australian Standard AS1742.8:1990 Freeways has been superseded.
- Part 9: Bicycle facilities
- Part 10: Pedestrian control and protection
- Part 11: Parking controls
- Part 12: Bus, transit and truck lanes
- Part 13: Local area traffic management
- Part 14: Traffic signals
- Part 15: Direction signs, information signs and route numbering
Superseded versions of the Queensland MUTCD are available from Transport and Main Roads Library Services, 532 Beams Rd Carseldine - email LibraryAskALibrarian@tmr.qld.gov.au.
Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (Not harmonised)
The MUTCD and its supplement, within the meaning of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, contains the design of, and the methods, standards and procedures in relation to every sign, signal, marking, light or device, installed on a road. Information contained in the MUTCD supplement provide further guidance or requirements under the relevant MUTCD clauses.
- Part 2: Traffic control devices for general use
Note: Part 2 is view only (print disabled) due to Standards Australia copyright provisions. Superseded versions of the MUTCD are available from Transport and Main Roads Library Services, 532 Beams Rd Carseldine - email LibraryAskALibrarian@tmr.qld.gov.au.
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For any questions, email TrafficEngineering.Support@tmr.qld.gov.au
- Last updated 01 February 2023