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ARTSM is an informed and influential force in the field of Highways and Transport. The Association seeks to benefit Members through its representative role, aiming to influence technological developments and improve standards in traffic engineering and operations.

Members are kept up to date with developments affecting the industry by means of regular emails from the Secretariat. We also fight for our members legal rights, and when necessary make representations on their behalf to both central and local government. The Association also attends major exhibitions and conferences such as the annual signs conference in Nottingham, the Seeing is Believing exhibition and Traffex. We also make regular contributions to the technical press such as Highways Magazine, Transport Professional and Local Government Executive dealing with issues of the day that affect our members.

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We work closely with the Department for Transport, and are represented on technical committees under their auspices, including the Traffic Signs Technical Working Party. We have very good relationships with the Traffic Engineering Policy Division, and with the Highways Agency. We also work closely with local authorities, and together with ADEPT (the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport) and its Traffic Systems Group have founded the Traffic Technology Forum. This aims to help the Highways Agency and DfT keep standards and specifications for traffic control systems relevant and up to date, and ensure they fully reflect the needs of both users and manufacturers.

ARTSM is an informed and influential force in the field of Highways and Transport. The Association seeks to benefit Members through its representative role, aiming to influence technological developments and improve standards in traffic engineering and operations.

Members are kept up to date with developments affecting the industry by means of regular emails from the Secretariat. We also fight for our members legal rights, and when necessary make representations on their behalf to both central and local government. The Association also attends major exhibitions and conferences such as the annual signs conference in Nottingham, the Seeing is Believing exhibition and Traffex. We also make regular contributions to the technical press such as Highways Magazine, Transport Professional and Local Government Executive dealing with issues of the day that affect our members.

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We work closely with the Department for Transport, and are represented on technical committees under their auspices, including the Traffic Signs Technical Working Party. We have very good relationships with the Traffic Engineering Policy Division, and with the Highways Agency. We also work closely with local authorities, and together with ADEPT (the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport) and its Traffic Systems Group have founded the Traffic Technology Forum. This aims to help the Highways Agency and DfT keep standards and specifications for traffic control systems relevant and up to date, and ensure they fully reflect the needs of both users and manufacturers.

The Association is also very much involved in the challenges and opportunities presented in Europe. European Standards are the responsibility of CEN and CENELEC, prepared in accordance with EC mandates and Directives. CEN has set up Technical Committees to prepare Standards for Road Equipment, covering road traffic signs (including variable message signs), traffic control, road markings, safety barriers, street lighting etc.

All UK input to CEN and CENELEC is channelled through BSI. There we participate in the committees responsible for co-ordinating all input to CEN on Road Equipment, the sub-committees on traffic signs and variable message signs, as well as being represented on the committee on traffic control equipment.

Special meetings are arranged from time to time to enable members to meet industry experts and discuss important issues. A recent example is the meeting with representatives of the Notified Bodies to discuss the implementation of CE marking, which becomes mandatory on 1 July.

The Association holds an Annual General Meeting, generally with a guest speaker and a social event. The AGM is usually very well attended, and is useful not only for the formal business but also for improving contacts between our members, since there is significant inter-trading and exchange of knowledge between our member companies.

The Executive Committee meets about four times a year, and is responsible for directing the general running of the Association’s affairs, which is carried out by the General Secretary.

Four specialist working groups within the Association (bollards & sign illumination, traffic signs, fixed & portable variable message signs, traffic signals & control) have been established with their own meetings, in order to ensure full discussion and strong external relationships for specialist interests. These groups are beginning to publish their own Guidance Notes to help specifiers understand the complexities of the new European Standards and ensure that they get the correct products for their needs.

Annual subscriptions are £1400 (pro rata for a part year), with a special rate of £640 for members with a turnover below £500,000. The subscription for affiliates is £950. There is also an entrance fee of £50.

Meeting dates: WG1 : 23/4/18          WG2 : 18/1/18         WG3 : 22/2/18           WG4 : 15/2/18       All members welcome.  Venues TBC


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