Concrete Wheel Stops

Frequently Asked Questions

Concrete wheel stops are a precast concrete block constructed to act as a wheel bump stop. Area Safe supply 4 different types of precast concrete wheel stops for varying purposes.

The Australian Standard AS2890-1.2004 for a wheel stop states that it must be 1650mm wide. Area Safe has one concrete wheel stop that complies to this Australian Standard, that being the 1.65 Precast Concrete Wheel Stop - For Cars

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.

Many architects specify 2m concrete wheel stops for public carparks, but builders, clients and contractors need to be aware that this is non-compliant wheel stop and need to discuss with the architect about changing the specification to 1650mm wheel stops. If the architect is aware of the Australian Standard they will generally approve the change immediately.

The other 3 types of concrete wheel stop’s that Area Safe supply are non-compliant but are specific industrial purposes. These include:

  • 1m Concrete Wheel Stop – designed for 1 wheel stop per wheel. Require 2 wheel stops per vehicle. Commonly used for truck depots.
  • 2m Concrete Wheel Stop – commonly used for small trucks, ambulance stations, bus depots.
  • 2.5m Concrete Wheel Stop – used only for heavy truck depots i.e. semi-trailer trucks, construction vehicles. Note that the overall height of the wheel stop is too high for small trucks, buses or ambulances.

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