Part B: Application and Approval Guidelines

Document No:  D10#87600
Revision:  2
Date amended:  09-Jun-2010
The information below is intended to reflect the preferred practice of Main Roads Western Australia ("Main Roads"). Main Roads reserves the right to update this information at any time without notice. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Application and Approval Guidelines please contact John Moore - Traffic Manager, Traffic Operations & Services Branch, Road Network Services Directorate, by e-mail or on (08) 9323 4604.

To the extent permitted by law, Main Roads, its employees, agents, authors and contributors are not liable for any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on the information herein displayed.

Revision Register


Ed/Version Number Clause Number Description of Revision Date
1 All Guideline developed 28-Jun-2007
1A 3.2 Spacing requirements for bays amended to match Technical Guidelines 26-Oct-2007
2 All Guideline reviewed and revised. Guideline Contact changed. 09-Jun-2010

Table of Content



Unless otherwise indicated in the text of this Guideline:

CCTV means Closed Circuit Television
Freeway means a road that is built to the freeway standard and has all intersections grade separated, and is inclusive of road sections at either end terminating at the nearest of the following:
    • an at-grade intersection,
    • change from dual carriageway to single carriageway, or
    • a distance of 5kms.

Main Roads means Main Roads Western Australia.

Planned Freeway means a road or highway, which is planned for future upgrade to freeway standard.


An Emergency Stopping Bay is a location along a Freeway or Planned Freeway that has a safe pull off area for broken down vehicles and provides safe access to the emergency telephones. As part of Incident Management the bays meet the need to remove broken down vehicles from the freeway lanes to a safe location for towing or to undertake minor repairs (eg change tyres).



 The purpose of this document is to detail Main Roads requirements for and the use and location of emergency stopping bays on applicable routes.

Main Roads primary objectives of these guidelines are to:
    • ensure that the future safety and efficiency of the freeway system is not compromised, and
    • ensure the safety of brok0en down vehicles and their drivers within the freeway reservation.






Emergency Stopping Bays shall only be considered on the following routes:
    • Bunbury Outer Ring Road,

    • Graham Farmer Freeway,

    • Kwinana Freeway,

    • Mitchell Freeway,

    • Forrest Highway,
    • Perth-Darwin (National) Highway, within the Metropolitan Region,

    • Perth-Adelaide (National) Highway, within the Metropolitan Region,

    • Reid Highway,

    • Roe Highway,

    • Tonkin Highway.



Main Roads specific requirements for the installation of emergency stopping bays are as follows:

    • Sites shall on be selected on the left side of the road only,
    • Sites shall be located between street lighting poles,
    • Sites shall have an emergency telephone,
    • Sites shall be within 400 metres and in view of an existing or new CCTV,
    • Spacing of bays shall be at least 1 kilometre and no more than 4 kilometres apart, for each direction of travel,
      • Minimum spacing should be applied wherever possible and wider spacing should only apply in the event of immovable constraints, subject to prior agreement,
    • Bays should be 6.0 metres wide (inclusive of sealed shoulder)
      • Minimum 5.0 metres width (inclusive of sealed shoulder) should only apply in the event of immovable constraints, subject to prior agreement,
    • Signing shall be provided at emergency bays to distinguish the bay from an emergency telephone only site.


All proposed Emergency Stopping Bays shall be approved by the Executive Director Road Network Services or Executive Director Infrastructure Delivery prior to implementation.