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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 consult with Members on European and UK standards through our Working Group meetings and, when necessary, make representations on their behalf to both central and local government. The Association attends major trade exhibitions and conferences and  also make regular contributions to the technical press dealing with issues that affect our members.

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 Highways England. We also form part of the Board of TOPAS alongside representatives from DfT and TSG.  For more information on the arms of ARTSM click here

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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 consult with Members on European and UK standards through our Working Group meetings and, when necessary, make representations on their behalf to both central and local government. The Association attends major trade exhibitions and conferences and  also make regular contributions to the technical press dealing with issues that affect our members.

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 England. We also form part of the Board of TOPAS alongside representatives from DfT and TSG. 

By having seats on a number of BSI committees we are well placed to participate in the development of standards which relate to our industry sectors, ensuring that such standards continue to be driven by business and drafted by technical experts in the field. ARTSM continues to take part in open participation, maintaining its strong links with other trade bodies, public authorities, academia and NGO representatives to ensure consensus with Europe and EU standardisation processes. We have recently become founding partners of the Highways Industry Alliance (HIA) and also partner LCRIG (Local Council Road Innovation Group).  Our members sit as technical experts on behalf of ARTSM in a number of working groups with BSI, reflecting the work carried out by our own working groups.  For more information on the arms of ARTSM click here

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 at least 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.

We offer an alternative dispute resolution process to maintain adherence to standards, which is free for our members, the details of which are found in our Dispute Resolution Policy. In addition we supply updates on legal requirements via our newsboard and emails to members.

From time to time we publish articles and identify events of our members.  ARTSM do not claim that any views put forward by our members are those of the Association and only those statements made on behalf of the Association may be attributed.

From 2019 we are now pleased to have extended our membership to include non-manufacturers and we are hoping to welcome  consultants, local authorities, designers, SASS providers,  academics and others to the fold to encourage greater collaborative working.  We have also revised our  annual subscriptions and these will be based on annual turnover,  details of the allocated bands can be found in the download area, along with the application form.   There is also an entrance fee of £200 which also covers the audit of the company.

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 publish their own Guidance Notes to help specifiers understand the complexities of the European Standards and ensure that they get the correct products for their needs. Members are invited to join all or any of the working groups and participate in their meetings. More specific information about the working groups of ARTSM can be found by clicking on the Working Groups area at the top of this home page. Working Group 1 covers Bollards & Sign Illumination; Working Group 2 is for Traffic Signs; Working Group 3 is Fixed & Portable VMS and Working Group is Traffic Signals & Control. Members are invited to join all or any of the working groups and participate in their meetings.

Meeting dates for 2020:

WG1 : 3rd March, 4th June, 3rd September, 3rd December 2020 (with WG2);

WG2 : 3rd March, 4th June, 3rd September, 3rd December 2020 (with WG1);

WG3 : 23rd January, 28th April, 23rd July, 22nd October 2020

WG4 : 30th January, 16th April, 9th July, 8th October 2020

AGM : 26th November 2020

All members welcome.  Venues TBC


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