We understand that the Department of Transport are currently revising the Traffic Signs Manual. We will continue to keep you updated on this.
It has come to the attention of the Association that it is no longer possible to obtain the relevant NVQ qualification required for registration to the National Highways Sector Scheme 9A (NHSS), as set out in the NHSS 9A Sector Scheme Document (SSD). The Association is well represented on the Sector Scheme Advisory Committee (SSAC), including holding the current Chair. Due to this situation the SSAC is currently seeking to amend the current document and are hoping to produce an interim SSD prior to the end of this month, excluding the NVQ requirements for signmaking to enable companies to be successfully audited to the scheme at their next audit.
SSAC will be fully reviewing the training and assessment requirements in relation to sign design in the new year and more details on that will follow.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy are currently compiling a list of UK based manufacturers of Mobile Traffic Lights or any Rental / Lease companies that might import such systems and intend to engage with these companies going forward, in order to provide awareness of the obligations under RoHS regulations.
Members who are involved in these products are likely to be approached in the coming weeks.
This instrument amends the Traffic Signs Regulations 2016 and the Traffic Signs Directions 2016, together cited as the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 – SI 2016/362 (“TSRGD 2016”), to correct errors and improve clarity.
The Association, by way of representation on the National Highway Sector Scheme Liaison Committee, was made aware of Highways England’s (HE) intention to introduce a new card scheme for operatives working on the HE network. Known as the Health and Safety Passport scheme, this pilot scheme was officially launched on the 8th November. HE hope that within 12 months all the suppliers they work with will be using the system. Whilst this is currently a new and entirely separate scheme to other card holding schemes, their ultimate hope is that the database so created might remove the need for other card schemes. The card will be a smart card and the intention is towards the vision ‘One Industry One Card’.
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Executive Committee for 2018. Two vacancies arose this year as a result of the rotation requirements. A ballot has taken place and we welcome Keith Manston (Siemens) (who was re-elected) and Sean Coffey (Rennicks). In addition we now have a new General Secretary and a Strategy & Development Officer and welcome Kealie Franklin and Lindsay Foster (in his new role).
The full committee therefore comprises:
Dan Robinson (TMP Solutions) (chair)
David Gwyther (3M)
Keith Manston (Siemens)
Jodie Mclean (Eurosigns)
Graham Muspratt (Clearview Intelligence)
Sean Coffey (Rennicks)
Current co-opted members:
Will Baron (Keysoft Solutions) (co-opted)
Roger Stainforth (VMS) (co-opted)
Mark Pleydell (Radix Traffic) (co-opted)
Ian Thomas (TMP Solutions) (co-opted)
The Association’s Annual General Meeting and luncheon will be held at Haynes Motor Museum, Somerset on Thursday 23 November. Members will be joined for lunch by Dominic Browne (Highways Magazine), Jon Gibson (Brintex) Neil Levett (Hemming Group) Roger Mackintosh, Liz Newell-Hart (BSI Traffic Signs Committee) Alan Nicholas, and Andy Pledge (Secretary of the Retroreflective Equipment Manufacturers Association).
Our speaker this year will be George Lee from Road Safety Markings Association (REMA)
The Department for Transport has indicated that the three-month European notification period has now ended, and it expects to lay the new Regulations before Parliament during March 2016, with a coming-into-force date sometime in April.
The new TSRGD will revoke the long-standing requirement for equipment used to bring traffic signs into or out of use to be of a type approved by the Secretary of State. Such products will then be able to be lawfully placed on the market without Type Approval. However, as members are aware, a new group, TOPAS, has been formed to provide a voluntary registration system to replace Type Approval and maintain technical specifications. TOPAS comprises representatives from the Association, the local government organisation the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Department for Transport.
TOPAS (Traffic Open Products and Specifications) has been transferring existing Type Approvals to the new register for some months now, and will go live when the 2016 TSRGD come into force. It is hoped that all specifiers will in future require traffic control equipment which would formerly have been type approved to be registered with TOPAS. This is intended to provide assurance that equipment will operate as claimed by the manufacturer, and to ensure inter-operability with existing equipment.
The Guidance Note on CE marking, published by the Association earlier this year, has now been revised with the help of a specialist in the Construction Product Regulation, and updated to give more detailed advice on the requirements of CE marking, which became compulsory on 1 July this year. The new version was launched at the IHE Signs Conference on 18 September. It can be obtained from the Downloads section of the website, and should be used in place of the older version.
Articles by the General Secretary on the mysteries of CE marking have appeared in Local Government Executive and Highways Magazine. The LGE article also picked up on the Government’s recent initiative on sign clutter, to point out the need for a systematic and rational approach if maximum benefits were to be achieved.