Priority One

Traffic Rules Clarity
February 2013
Mine Operations
Right of Way Priorities
• Priority One - Emergency Vehicles with flashing lights
• Priority Two - Haul Trucks
− Regardless of size or type
− Haul truck to haul truck traffic always gives way to the left
• Priority Three - Mobile Equipment
• Priority Four - Light Vehicles
Operational Areas
• Work areas such as shovel pits, waste dumps, drill patterns, etc.
• Areas may be permanent or temporary
− Ex: Excavator working on haul road
• Equipment could be travelling in any direction
Exclusion Zone
50m from any piece of working equipment
• Used to control interactions between equipment and other vehicles
• Positive Communication and permission from operator is required to
enter the exclusion zone
• Examples include:
− Approaching a loading unit
− Passing a loader building berm
• Park Brake MUST be applied
• Demarcated Parking Areas
− An area with a surface intended for parking vehicles and equipment
− The speed limit in all park-up areas is 15 km/h
− Must be parked in a manner that is fundamentally stable
• Outside Demarcated Areas
− Wheel chocks MUST be used
− Keep a minimum of 6m between all parked equipment and vehicles to
maintain visibility
− Park in a safe area out of traffic
• At no time shall a light vehicle or
haul truck overtake another light
vehicle or an operating haul truck
• Maintain minimum 50m following
distance behind haul trucks at
• No haul truck, equipment, or light
vehicle shall stop, block, or
impede any intersection
• All vehicles approaching a stop
sign must come to a complete
stop. In absence of a stop sign
apply “right of way protocol”
• A place where two or more roads meet
• Right of Way Priorities are to be followed by all, unless a stop sign
• Stop signs shall be followed by all vehicles and equipment
• If any equipment or vehicle loses traction or breaks down in an
intersection inform Mine Dispatch immediately on radio Channel 5
and clearly demarcate the area
Vehicles need to exercise caution when approaching
all intersections
• Equipment of any size may perform a U-Turn using these steps
• Conduct only where road width allows for one continuous turn to
the driver’s good side
• NO U-turns allowed at:
− Intersections
− Park-up areas
− Where people are on the ground
• Come to a controlled and a complete stop using wheels and turn
signal to indicate U-turn
• Ensure clear visibility in both directions and complete turn
• Except for normal operation in an operational area, blind side Uturns require a spotter
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