Wheel Stops

Frequently Asked Questions

Wheel stops are used to limit the travel of a vehicle too far into a parking space. Wheel stops are used in both inside and outside areas where pedestrians could be in danger of the parking vehicle or to avoid the contact of a vehicle with a wall, barrier or kerb. They also are used to prevent vehicles from encroaching over a walkway, embankment, drop off (multi storey carpark) or ditch.
As there is an Australian standard in regard to the positioning of wheel stops, it is important not to ‘cut corners’ when installing as this makes them non-compliant, creating a safety hazard to pedestrians and vehicles.

If the Australian standards are not met, it will diversely affect the strength and integrity of the wheel stop. If the wheel stop is incorrectly installed or non-compliant it will also void any warranty offered with the product.

The wheel stop should be placed an equal distance between the side lines of the car space. The Australian standard according to AS2890.1:2004, states the distance from the wall or kerb that the wheel stop should be positioned is as follows:

Standard Kerb (up to 150mm high) where cars:

  • Front in: 620mm from the kerb to the back of the wheel stop
  • Rear In: 900mm from the kerb to the back of the wheel stop

High Kerb or Wall (higher than 150mm) where cars:

  • Front in: 820mm from the kerb to the back of the wheel stop
  • Rear in: 1100mm from the kerb to the back of the wheel stop

In accordance with the Australian Standard AS2890.1:2004, it states that wheel stops shall be between 90 and 100mm in height, and 1650 +/- 50mm in width.

Recommended Installation for wheel stops onto concrete or bitumen

  1. Clean area
  2. Position with template or wheel stop.
  3. Drill holes for dowels
  4. If onto concrete, drill 70mm deep holes so dowel remains 80mm above ground. If onto bitumen, drill through bitumen layer and hammer remaining so there is 80mm remaining above ground.
  5. Remove template and clean area.
  6. Epoxy dowels in place.
  7. Epoxy base of wheel stop and lower over dowels.
  8. Grout around dowels using non shrink grout.

The easiest and recommended way to remove existing concrete wheel stops is to:
  1. Jack hammer or sledgehammer around the fixing points so the wheel stop breaks up around the fixing point/positioning pins
  2. Once broken away from the positioning pins/fixing points, you can use reo bar cutters or a grinder to cut the reinforcing bars inside the wheel stop.
  3. You will then be able to pick up and remove the broken-up pieces of wheel stop.
  4. The last thing that will need to be removed is the positioning pins to ensure there are no trip hazards. The positioning pins will need to be grinded down to surface level.

One potential issue with removing concrete wheel stops is if the concrete wheel stop was installed with adhesive or epoxy on its base. If this is the case, you will have to jack hammer or sledgehammer the complete wheel stop. If the wheel stop has been glued down, the surface under the wheel stop will be very rough after breaking the wheel stop away. This can be fixed by grinding the surface smooth after the concrete wheel stop has been removed.

Recommended Installation for Wheel Stops onto bitumen

  1. Clean area
  2. Position wheel stop or template according to AS2890.1:2004 standard
  3. Drill Ø10mm pilot holes through the fixing holes in the wheel stops or template, just penetrating through the bitumen layer
  4. Move wheel stop or template aside and clean area
  5. Add sealant adhesive to underside of wheel stop (optional) and into the bitumen holes
  6. Position wheel stop and hammer in M12 x 300 Gal fasteners ensuring the head of the fastener is seated correctly in the recessed area of the wheel stop

Recommended Installation for wheel stops onto concrete

  1. Clean area
  2. Position wheel stop or template according to AS2890.1:2004 standard
  3. Drill Ø10mm pilot holes through the wheel stop or template ± approx. 50mm deep
  4. Move wheel stop or template aside and finish drilling holes Ø16mm x ± approx. 90mm deep
  5. Extract dust from holes and clean area
  6. Add sealant adhesive to underside of wheel stop (optional)
  7. Position wheel stop and fasten with M16 x 145mm D-Bolts and washers. Ensure that the top of the fastener is seated correctly in the recessed area of the wheel stop

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