The consultation period for this is October to Spring 2019.
The consultation period for this is October to Spring 2019.
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All of the above will be withdrawn.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.
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:-
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.
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 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.
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.
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 public … Failure to comply with this Code is evidence of failing to fulfil the legal requirements to sign, light and guard works.
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
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)