How Portable Traffic Control Devices Can Save Lives and Increase Road Safety

Portable Traffic Control Devices

Portable traffic control devices are an integral traffic management tool that can significantly enhance road safety at road works. These devices help to control traffic and guide vehicles safely through a particular location, especially in areas where traffic conditions are continuous and challenging. They also provide a safer working environment for traffic controllers who can remotely monitor traffic flow while staying clear of hazardous road conditions.

As an essential traffic control solution for ensuring improved safety on the roads, portable traffic light signals help mitigate the risk of accidents in potentially dangerous traffic environments while safeguarding the well-being of traffic controllers and other road users.

What are Portable Traffic Control Devices?

Portable traffic devices are compact and temporary traffic control devices that are used to manage the flow of vehicles at specific locations. They are essential tools for regulating the flow of traffic in various constructions, events, and roadside work zones and are designed to ensure safety for drivers, pedestrians, workers and traffic controllers in the area by providing clear and visible signals.

The basic functionality of a portable traffic control device is to maintain traffic flow and remove the traffic controller from the roadway.

Types of Portable Traffic Control Devices

Portable traffic devices come in a variety of types and feature sets that improve their suitability for various environments. To comply with legislative equipment specifications, portable traffic devices must meet specific regulatory standards of design, engineering, and construction.

Trailer Mounted Traffic Lights

Portable traffic lights are equipped with solar panels that harness sunlight to generate electricity. Solar-powered portable traffic devices are environmentally friendly and cost-effective since they eliminate the need for external power sources or batteries. They are generally mounted on trailers and can operate in a variety of modes: fixed time, vehicle actuated and manual.

Manual Control Systems

These portable traffic devices are manually operated by traffic control personnel or workers on-site. They can be traffic lights or portable boom barriers. They use handheld control devices or switches to manually change the signals or raise and lower a boom barrier allowing for direct control and flexibility in managing traffic flow.

Benefits of Portable Traffic Devices

Flexibility and Mobility

The portability of these traffic lights allows for easy relocation based on changing traffic patterns or project requirements. They can be quickly moved to different locations where traffic control is needed, offering flexibility in managing traffic.

Cost and Time Efficiency

Portable traffic devices can significantly reduce the cost and time associated with manual traffic control. They eliminate the need for dedicated personnel to manage traffic, allowing resources to be allocated elsewhere.

Enhanced Safety

By providing clear and visible signals to drivers, portable traffic signal systems improve safety on the roads. They minimize confusion, reduce the risk of accidents, and ensure consistent traffic management in various situations whilst removing traffic controllers from the roadway.

How Can It Save Lives and Increase Road Safety?

Clear Traffic Control

Portable traffic devices provide clear and visible signals to drivers, effectively indicating when to stop, proceed, or yield. This helps minimize confusion and ensures that all drivers are aware of the appropriate actions to take, reducing the risk of accidents.

Enhanced Visibility

Portable traffic devices are equipped with bright and highly visible signals, making them easily noticeable to drivers from a distance. This improved visibility is particularly crucial during low-light conditions or inclement weather when visibility is reduced. The clear indications provided by portable traffic devices help drivers navigate safely, reducing the chances of accidents.

Improved Work Zone Safety

In construction zones or areas where road maintenance and repairs are underway, portable traffic devices ensure the safety of both drivers and workers. By diverting traffic away from work zones or regulating it appropriately, these devices minimize the risk of collisions between vehicles and workers on the road.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Portable traffic devices can be easily adjusted and relocated based on changing traffic conditions or project requirements. This flexibility allows traffic control authorities to respond effectively to evolving situations and implement appropriate measures to enhance road safety.

Installation and Setup Considerations

When it comes to the installation and setup of portable traffic devices, several considerations should be taken into account to ensure their effective and safe operation. Installation must follow an approved traffic guidance scheme designed by an accredited Traffic Management Designer. This guidance scheme details locations, signage and distance amongst other details. 

Stabilisation and Mounting

Ensure that the portable traffic signal system are securely stabilized and mounted to prevent them from tipping over or being displaced by wind or passing vehicles. Use appropriate anchoring mechanisms, such as sandbags or weighted bases, to keep them stable and in place.

Power Source and Connectivity

If using battery-operated or solar-powered portable traffic signal, ensure that the power source is fully charged or capable of sustaining the required operation time. Check the connectivity of the devices to the control devices or systems, ensuring that they are properly linked and functioning correctly.

Maintenance and Monitoring

Regularly inspect and maintain the portable traffic devices to ensure they are in proper working condition. This includes checking for any damaged components, cleaning lenses for optimal visibility, and verifying the functionality of control systems or timers. Monitor the operation of the devices to promptly address any issues or malfunctions.

Compliance with Regulations

Ensure that the installation and setup of portable traffic devices comply with local traffic regulations and guidelines. Obtain any necessary permits or approvals required by the local authorities before deploying the traffic control devices.

Uses of Portable Traffic Devices

Portable traffic devices are easy to use, move, and set up, providing significant benefits to road users, pedestrians, and especially traffic controllers. They are useful in various applications and by using portable traffic devices, it minimizes the risks of accidents and keeping traffic moving smoothly.

Traffic Control in Construction Zones

Portable traffic devices are commonly used in construction zones to efficiently manage traffic flow and ensure the safety of both drivers and workers. They can be easily deployed and adjusted based on the specific needs of the construction site.

Road Maintenance and Repairs

When road maintenance or repairs are being carried out, portable traffic devices provide a temporary solution for redirecting traffic and maintaining order. They help prevent congestion and potential accidents by guiding vehicles through alternate routes.

Special Events and Temporary Road Closures

Portable traffic devices are beneficial during special events or temporary road closures. They help organisers control the flow of traffic, redirect vehicles, and ensure the safety of participants and spectators.


Portable traffic control devices (PTCDs) are essential for traffic guidance schemes, events, and roadworks. The use of PTCDs or portable traffic devices is particularly important on roads they are designed to not just control traffic flow, react to traffic conditions, and operate continuously even in remote locations, but also to save lives and increase road safety.
Looking to upskill for a career in traffic management? We have a range of traffic management courses including a full course on portable traffic control devices. Enrol with Upskills QLD today!

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