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Smart Cities Consultation

The consultation period for this is October to Spring 2019.



DMRB December update

Latest from HE

The following VMS documents have been reviewed as part of the DMRB work:


TD33/05 Use of variable message signs

TD46/05 Motorway signalling

TD18/85 Criteria for the use of gantries for traffic signs and matrix traffic signals

TA60/90 Use of variable message signs

TA83/05 Guide to the use of variable message signs

TA74/05 Motorway signalling

IAN109/08 Advice regarding the motorway signal mark 4

IAN149/11 Motorway signalling


All of the above will be withdrawn. All Design requirements and advice will be detailed within the newly drafted document titled: CD146 Positioning of signalling and advance direction signs.  HE confirm they have no date for publication of this document.


Functional requirements of these systems are contained with technical specifications on the TSS Plans Registry.


Traffic Signs Manual – update

New Traffic Signs Manual Chapters 1 & 4 have now been published and it is anticipated that Chapters 3, 5, & 7 will appear in the next few weeks.



Printed copies of Chapter 1 can be ordered from TSO at this link:-



Printed copies of Chapter 4 can be ordered from TSO at this link:-



BSI update on BREXIT

BSI secures membership of CEN and CENELEC

On 23 November, the General Assemblies of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC approved a plan that secures BSI’s full membership post-Brexit. BSI welcomes the outcome as a pragmatic solution that provides stability for the European standards system while meeting the needs of our stakeholders.

The decisions, taken separately in both organizations, will enable UK industry and other stakeholders to continue their important work shaping and maintaining best practice standards used across Europe and internationally. They also mean that UK experts will continue as chairs, convenors, committee members and policy experts to work on maintaining and developing the 20,000 European standards that are managed by CEN and CENELEC. Standards users in the UK can continue to be confident that these standards will meet their needs as they will be influenced, as now, by UK stakeholders.
Furthermore, these decisions are a welcome confirmation of BSI’s policy position, in place since the referendum, that its membership and continued influence in the development and maintenance of European standards should not be affected by Brexit.

BSI’s position has enjoyed overwhelming support among UK stakeholders. UK manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, consumer bodies and others have been clear and consistent in their message that they want to continue to work within the European standards system and that the continued membership of BSI in CEN and CENELEC is therefore critical. UK membership of CEN and CENELEC provides influence over market access conditions in 33 other European countries. In addition, CEN and CENELEC members play a vital role in the international standards system through ISO and IEC. Influencing international standards is crucial in ensuring the future global competitiveness of the UK.

ISO 9001 – Why?

Why do ARTSM insist on certification to ISO 9001 for its Class A Membership:

The Objects for which the Association is established are to:-

(a) Improve road safety by promoting compliant quality products supplied by ARTSM members.

(b) Be the informed envoy of members to Government and Standards Bodies and to ensure that the standards and specifications produced are credible and practicable.

(c) Ensure that members are aware of relevant industry standards and policies.

(d) Engage in the resolution of non-adherence to mandatory standards

To this end, we require that our members themselves can show that they have invested in the establishment of standards for their businesses in order to satisfy ourselves and those who look to use ARTSM Members, that they have regard to standards as a valuable indicator of worth.

Why ISO:

ISO 9001 is one of a series of three international standards for quality systems that can be used for external quality assurance purposes. These standards specify quality system requirements for use where a contract between two parties requires the demonstration of a supplier’s capability. Quality system requirements are defined for three types of supplier activity:

  • ISO 9001 is a model for quality assurance systems in design, development, production, installation and servicing. It is appropriate when conformance to specified requirements is to be assured by the supplier during several phases of activity which may include design, development, production, installation and servicing.
  • ISO 9002 is a model for quality assurance systems in production and installation. It is appropriate when conformance to specified requirements is to be assured by the supplier during production and installation.
  • ISO 9003 is a model for quality assurance systems in final inspection and test. It is appropriate when conformance to specified requirements is to be assured by the supplier solely at final inspection and test.

ISO 9001 is applicable when the contract between the two parties specifically requires design and/or development effort and the product requirements are stated principally in performance terms or they need to be established, and confidence in product conformance can be attained by adequate demonstration of some of the supplier’s capabilities in design, development, production, installation, and servicing. The quality system requirements of ISO 9001 are aimed at preventing nonconformity at all phases of the product life cycle from design and/or development through servicing. These requirements are complementary to the technical specifications of the product. They do not replace the technical requirements, and are not an alternative to them.

When an organization’s quality system has been assessed against ISO 9001, ISO 9002 or ISO 9003 by an accredited independent certification body, then the quality system is registered, and can be used as evidence of quality assurance in tendering for contracts. Quality systems produced in accordance with these quality system requirements are subject to regular third party assessment based on documented, objective evidence of compliance.

The ISO 9000 series of standards, and their European equivalent (EN 29000), are derived from the British quality management standard (BS 5750) which was built on a military standard, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Def Stan 0521.

Increasingly, large companies are insisting that suppliers should be accredited. Dealing with accredited suppliers provides them with a sense of security, and reduces the effort required to control the supplier’s products. From the supplier’s point of view, accreditation provides a quality image, customer confidence, and access to markets where quality certification is obligatory.

ARTSM believe that ISO 9001 is a good indicator that our members are willing to achieve the expected standards of industry.

Membership fees for 2019

Our new membership fees for 2019 are as follows:

Turnover £0 – £500,000 – £600 per annum

Turnover over £500k to £1.5M – £1100 per annum

Turnover over £1.5M to £3M – £1400 per annum

Turnover over £3M – £1650 per annum

Turnover figures will be based on accounts as at 2017.  Members will be asked to complete a renewal form and submit further documentation where this is required.  If you have not forwarded your ISO 9001:2015 Certificate you must do this to maintain your membership.

There will be an initial joining fee of £200 per member which is payable on application.

Application forms, audit forms and renewal forms are available from the downloads page.


A gentle reminder


Safety at Street Works and Road Works

This Code of Practice came into effect on 1 October 2014; non-compliance is a criminal offence.  The Code is directed at operatives, supervisors, managers, planners and designers who are responsible for making sure that all street and road works are safe for both operatives and the publicFailure to comply with this Code is evidence of failing to fulfil the legal requirements to sign, light and guard works.

New membership Class

We are very pleased to announce that following approval from members at the AGM on 15th November, ARTSM has now extended its membership to include two new classes  “service providers” and “Associate businesses”.

Class B: “Service Providers”  We welcome applications from those in industry who solely provide design, consultancy, or advice and guidance to the traffic industry” including sole traders and SMEs.

Class C: “Associate Members” We welcome applications from:   any organisation representing central, regional or local government departments (who are not manufacturing) or Institutional Departments involved in research into transport economy sustainability and change or trade bodies representing members from Class A; any company or individual who practises in the field of traffic solely outside the united kingdom; and any company who is a parent or subsidiary company or a firm owned by a member in Class A.

For further information please contact General.Secretary@artsm.org.uk

Executive Committee 2019

Following the AGM on 15th November I am pleased to confirm the Executive Committee for 2019 as follows:

Graham Muspratt – Chair (Chair@artsm.org.uk)

Keith Manston – Vice Chair (Vice.Chair@artsm.org.uk)

Jodie McLean, Sean Coffey, Dave Gwyther & Mark Pleydell – elected members

WGChairs – co-opted

Ian Thomas – WG1 Chair (Deputy Andy Fish)

TBC – WG2 Chair (Deputy Sean Coffey)

Ilyas Sharif – WG3 Chair (Deputy Carl Dyer)

Iain McDonald – WG4 Chair (Deputy TBC)

HSE on No deal Brexit