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Events for your diary

31 Oct 18           CAV Scotland, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh – FREE EVENT

31 Oct 18           Traffex Road Expo, Highland Centre, Edinburgh

6 Nov 18           Expo-protection 2018, Paris

7 Nov 18           Highways UK, NEC

13 Nov 18         ITS Smart Environment Interest Group Meeting, Newcastle

13 Nov 18          Smart Cities EXPO, Barcelona

14 Nov 18         CIHT North West Annual Highways Conference, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

15 Nov 18         ARTSM AGM  National Conference Centre, National Motorbike Museum, Solihull

15 Nov 18         RSMA Annual Conference, East Midlands Airport

22 Nov 18        ADEPT Autumn Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport M90 3KA

26 Nov 18         ITS UK Summit, Bristol Harbour Hotel

28 Nov 18        BSI Standards Forum, Park Plaza, Victoria

28 Nov 18        Street Works Conference, Leicester Tigers Welford Rd Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7TR

29 Nov 18         IHE Traffic Signs Conference & Exhibition, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London WC1

29 Nov 18         BSI Standards Forum, Park Plaza London Riverbank  FREE EVENT

4 Dec 18           Gulf Traffic, Dubai World Trade Centre

12 Feb 19          MOVE, ExCel, London

2 April 19         Traffex, NEC

15 May 19         Cold Comfort, Harrogate Convention Centre, Yorkshire



HSE on No deal Brexit


UKAS publications

There following changes have been made to National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) documents during October 2018;

  • Scheme 12C Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for Mobile Lane Closure Traffic Management on Motorways and Other Dual Carriageways (Edition 2, November 2018)


There were no changes to UKAS Publications during February 2018.


The following National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) document has been updated during February 2018:

  • Statement regarding important changes to National Highways Sector Schemes 2B, 5A and 5B for Vehicle Restraint Systems including Parapets (Issue 3, March 2018)



The following National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) documents have been updated during January 2018;


  • Scheme 0 – Part 4 Guide to the Identification, Development, Management and Certification of national highway Sector Schemes (Issue 2, January 2018)
  • Scheme 2B and 5B Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for Vehicle Restraint Systems (Issue 1, February 2018)
  • Scheme 2C Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for Environmental Barriers (Structural) for Infrastructure Works (Issue 3, February 2018)
  • Scheme 13 Sector Scheme Document for the Supply and Application of Surface Treatments to Road Surfaces (Issue 6, January 2018)
  • Scheme 13 Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for the Supply and Application of Surface Treatments to Road Surfaces (Issue 2, January 2018)
  • Scheme 18 Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for the Natural Environment and Landscape Including Ecology for Infrastructure (Issue 2, February 2018)





The following National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) documents have been updated during December 2017;


  • Scheme 7 Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for the Application of Road Marking Materials & Road Studs to Paved Surfaces (Issue 3 [9001:2015], November 2017)
  • Scheme 9A Particular Requirements for the Application of ISO 9001:2015 for the  Design, and / or Manufacture and / or Assembly and / or Provision of Permanent Road Traffic Signs (Issue 2 [9001:2015], December 2017)

Articles from our Chairs

Several of our Working Group Chairs and Executive Members regularly write articles for the Hemming Group (Highways Magazine, Smart Highways, Surveyor), and we have been given permission to re-produce these for our website.  Articles are the views of the author only and do not represent ARTSM.

Kealie Franklin, Government Business, November 2018 (page 25)

Lindsay Forster, The Signs of Change in the UK, Traffic Management Australia, Ed 23, August 2018

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Column Vol 6 No 2 June 2018

Dan Robinson Article from Highways March 2018

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Vol 6 No 1 March 2018 p16

Will Baron Article from Highways March 2018

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Vol 5 No 4 December No 2017

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Vol 5 No 3 Sept 2017 p21

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Vol 5 No 2 June 2017 p21

Mark Pleydell, Smart Highways Vol 5 No 1 – March 2017 p27

Highways/Smart Highways magazine,  is a leading magazine about global intelligent transport systems development.  For many interesting articles about transport technology and the latest industry news, go to www.smarthighways.net where you can also sign up to receive the magazine and a weekly email news summary

EN12767 NA to be produced

Anyone wishing to know more about this should please contact the General Secretary for information.  Thanks

Hinckley point

22/10/18   For more information on Hinckley Point and supply chains please go to the members area

ballot result for Executive post

Returns for the ballot were approximately 50 %

The post will be offered to Mark Pleydell and will commence after the AGM.

DMRB – latest update 17/10/18

A report can be found on the members area

The Long Read: New code, new beginning

A very interesting article on the new code of practice by Dominic Browne in the latest Highways on Fridays Magazine


ISO – UKAS or ASCB – you decide!

UKAS,  ASCB – ARTSM accepts both.


UKAS stands for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. UKAS has been appointed as the

National Accreditation Body for the UK. This means they perform accreditation with authority derived from the State and represent the UK in the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).


Commonalities between ASCB and UKAS:

  1. They have both been operating since 1995
  2. They operate with worldwide recognition
  3. They have issued over 25,000 certificates within their regime
  4. Their certificated clients satisfactorily provide products and services to all levels of local and national government regardless of local ‘policies’
  5. They operate an ISO 17011 Quality System for Accreditation Bodies
  6. They assess Certification Bodies such as ourselves against the requirements of ISO 17021.


The key difference is that the ASCB is not a member of the IAF. Only one accreditation body per EU country may be a member of the IAF, responsible for representing the UK in international discussions concerning accreditation and certification.


This enables UKAS and other parties to promote UKAS as “the sole national accreditation body” and “the only government approved accreditation body”. While both these statements are true, they are commonly used to imply that there cannot be any other Accrediting Bodies – which is simply not true. For example: the Government has itself appointed non-UKAS bodies to accredit its Cyber Essentials certification scheme.


ASCB Background

To date ASCB has accredited over 90 Certification Bodies and registered over 3500 Assessors, Auditors and quality related personnel achievements.    ASCB work in accordance with the requirements of the ISO Standards.


Climate Change and Industry Minister Claire Perry launched MERIDIAN on 7/9/18, a new government-backed and industry-led brand for the development of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology in the UK.

MERIDIAN, funded jointly by the government’s flagship £100m CAV investment programme and by industry, will create a cluster of excellence in driverless car testing, along the M40 corridor between Coventry and London, to accelerate the development of this technology, grow intellectual capital and attract overseas investment in the UK.