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Working Group 1 – Bollards and Sign Illumination

Working Group 1 – Bollards, Twin Amber Flashers, Belisha Beacons and Sign Illumination The majority of the work addressed by this Working Group is centred on issues arising through the testing & compliance of products as determined in BS EN 12899:2007 Parts 1 and 2 & also BS 8442:2015 where applicable The Program of work is based upon the existence of, and the need to deal with relevant issues in the following categories:
  1. Highways England Specifications and Technical Regulations (TR and MC series) including those TR specifications used for Type Approval. This includes proposed changes to Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB) taking particular notice of the nuances of each of the devolved nations
  2. CEN, European and BSI adopted Standards.
  3. TSRGD 2016 & Revisions to Traffic Signs manual
Aims of WG1 Membership
  1. To take part in a continuous review of standards in the above categories, taking action on any documents which require revision to reflect changes in procedures, legislation, safety, and European harmonisation & implement changes across the sector accordingly
  2. Any document or parts of documents considered to be redundant owing to any of the above changes will be examined for consolidation or withdrawal.
  3. To publish guidance notes to help end customers & engineers specify the appropriate products for their needs.
Objectives for 2018-19
  1. Fully review all standards that are applicable to this Working Group & make representation to relevant HE, BSI or CEN committee responsible for implementation
  2. Become members of relevant committees where we can influence improvements to standards & make best use of the expertise of the individual members within the Highways Sector
  3. Ensure that all members are only manufacturing & promoting products that comply with the correct standards currently in place
  4. Help lift the status of the ARTSM organisation across the Highways Sector
Points of Reference (Standards Applicable)
  1. BS8442:2015
  2. BS EN12899-1:2007
  3. BS EN12899-2:2007
  4. BS EN 12767:2007
Ian Thomas, Chair WG1 E: wg1.Chair@artsm.org.uk 1st December 2017

Next meeting : 23.1.19;   17.7.19 Incoming Chair 2019: Ian Thomas, TMP (2nd term)

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Working Group 2 – Traffic Signs

Working Group 2 - Traffic Signs The work of WG2 is currently focused on a major revision to the most relevant Harmonised European Standard – BS EN 12899-1 – ‘Fixed Vertical Traffic Signs’. Under the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) companies that place products, that fall within the scope of this Standard, onto the market are required to provide CE marking of such products.   WG 2 members are represented on the following organisations:  
  1. European Standards working group CEN TC 226 WG3, and the UK’s mirror Committee to this group, B/509/3 within BSI. This mirror committee represents UK interests in CEN for applicable European Standards and also for National Standards.
  2. The Department for Transport Traffic Signs Technical Working Party; and
  3. The National Highway Sector Scheme 9A (Sign Manufacture) Sector Scheme Advisory Committee.
 Aims of WG2 Membership  To implement a continuous review of applicable Standards.
  1. To be represented in the decision making process, assisting with the formation and revision of any legislation, design guides, safety and product Standards that may have an effect on Members' businesses.
  2. To publish Guidance Notes to help end customers, members and specifier ensure appropriate products are supplied.
Objectives for 2018-19
  1. Fully review all standards that are applicable to this Working Group & make representation to relevant HE, BSI or CEN committee responsible for implementation.
  2. Become members of relevant committees where we can influence improvements to standards & make best use of the expertise of the individual members within the Highways Sector.
  3. Ensure that all members are only manufacturing & promoting products that comply with the correct standards currently in place.
  4. Help lift the status of the ARTSM organisation across the Highways Sector
Points of Reference (Standards Applicable)
  1. BS EN 13422:2004+A1:2009         Vertical road signs. Portable deformable warning devices and delineators. Portable road traffic signs. Cones and cylinders
  2. BS EN 13422:2004             Vertical road signs. Portable deformable warning devices and delineators. Portable road traffic signs. Cones and cylinders
  3. BS EN 12966-1:2005         Road vertical signs. Variable message traffic signs. Product standard
  4. BS EN 12899:2007             Fixed, vertical road traffic signs . All parts
  5. BS 8442:2015     Miscellaneous road traffic signs and devices. Requirements and test methods
  6. BS 8408:2005     Road traffic signs. Testing and performance of microprismatic retroreflective sheeting materials. Specification.
Will Baron, Chair WG2 14th February 2018 E: WG2.Chair@artsm.org.uk   Next Meetings :  28th October 2018;   24th January 2019 Incoming Chair:

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Working Group 3 – Fixed and Portable VMS

The application of VMS (Variable Message Signs) in strategic locations and smart management schemes on motorways and trunk roads has made VMS a familiar sight to drivers. Add to this numerous urban installations for car park guidance and general driver information and it is evident that VMS are a helpful tool in contributing to the management and free flow of traffic. Mobile VMS are invaluable in situations where drivers need to be informed amongst other topics of forthcoming events and temporary conditions.   ARTSM members in WG3 design, manufacture and install a very wide range of permanent, mobile and temporary VMS used in the UK, every type from the simplest manually operated flap sign, mechanical prismatic signs through to LED electronic signs and signals. It would be no exaggeration to claim a figure of 95% of all installations.   WG3 formulates a consensus view of members regarding standards, regulations and legislation, actively participates in writing and reviewing these documents and ensures that ARTSM representatives on the BSI B/509/11 committee are properly briefed on the issues they wish the UK delegation to present to the CEN committee. The BS EN 12966:2014 standard has been influenced by WG3 safeguarding UK interests. Two other important areas of work include:   TOPAS (Traffic Open Products and Specifications) which has taken over a number of former Highways Agency specifications and Technical Regulations (TR) including those TR specifications used for Type Approval now supersede by TOPAS product registration.   CEN/CENELEC European and BSI adopted Standards.   As noted in the Statement of Purpose an important feature in the WG3 committee’s work is a continuous review of standards and documents which may affect changes in procedures, legislation, safety standards and European harmonization and, in turn, the interests of members.     Working Group 3 Variable Message Signs – Statement of Purpose The Statement of Purpose for WG3 sets out the aims of the members of ARTSM who are engaged in the development, design, testing, manufacture, supply and installation of permanent, mobile and temporary VMS intended for use on public highways in the United Kingdom.  
  • Provide a forum for members who have an interest in the development, design, testing, manufacture, supply and installation of permanent, mobile and temporary continuous and discontinuous VMS.
  • Provide and assist members to obtain relevant and current information in the form of standards and regulations to ensure their products are fit for purpose, for example, BS EN 12966: 2014 incorporating corrigendum June 2018 and TSRGD 2016.
  • Ensure that due cognizance is accorded of interests and concerns of members in the preparation, review and implementation of national standards and regulations for VMS by nominating product experts to standard and similar committees, for example, BSi B/509/11VMS committee and TOPAS.
  • Recommend the consolidation or withdraw of standards and documentation that have been superseded or become redundant due to changes in legislation and advances in technology.
  • Prepare and publish guidance notes based on the expertise of members to influence purchasers in their selection, deployment, installation and use of VMS.
  WG3 is represented on the TOPAS management board by the current WG3 chairperson and on BSI’s shadow committee B/509/11 covering EN 12966 for VMS.   The WG aims to meet quarterly to transact business and all members are welcome to attend. Requests for agenda items are welcomed.   ARTSM supports TOPAS and urges purchasers of equipment covered under these specifications to request adherence to TOPAS specifications in their procurement processes. Most UK Local Authorities already do so. Adherence to TOPAS specifications-which it must be pointed out is voluntary-alleviates the level of specification required by purchasers. For manufacturers it ensures that one product will give access to the majority of the UK market. Information on TOPAS specifications can be found at www.topasgroup.org.uk.   E: wg3.Chair@artsm.org.uk   Next Meeting: 13th November 2018; Incoming Chair: Ilyas Sharif, Nissen (first term)

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Working Group 4 – Traffic Signals and Control

 Working Group 4 – Traffic Signals and Control

This Statement of Purpose has been prepared with two objectives : Firstly so that those interested in the working group and its activities can get an understanding of its areas of coverage and Secondly to assist those with interests in traffic control products to locate sources of information that may inform their development or procurement processes.   WG4 Activities Working Group 4 has a remit to support members of ARTSM with interests in road traffic control equipment, vehicle and pedestrian detection equipment, traffic and pedestrian signals and related items but does not address variable message signs which are covered by WG3. The WG serves both to disseminate information to members that may be of relevance to their activities and to consolidate the needs and concerns of members to inform and lobby other parties in the sector. The WG is heavily represented on the TOPAS management board and on BSI’s shadow committee to ELP/526 (covering European norms relating to traffic control. The WG aims to meet at least annually and will also transact business by email between meetings. Sources of Relevant Information ARTSM supports TOPAS and would urge all buyers of equipment covered under these specifications to require adherence to them as a part of their procurement processes. Most UK Local Authorities already do so. Adherence to TOPAS specifications alleviates the level of specification required by buyers. For manufacturers it ensures that one product will give access to the majority of the UK market. Those interested are advised to access www.topasgroup.org.uk for more information.   Those with interests in this sector are also advised to familiarise themselves with BSEN12368, (Traffic Signals) BSEN12675 (Traffic Control Equipment) and BSEN50556 (Safety of Traffic Control Systems). Other BSEN documents apply to the EMC and related extrinsic performance of all such equipment.   The UK Statutory Instrument TSRGD (2015 as amended by 2017) and all amendments thereto is also relevant to WG4 activities.   Similarly the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (a Highways England document) is widely used to provide guidance on implementation of traffic control solutions for junctions, pedestrian crossings and other instances where traffic control may be required on the public highway. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are bound by the BSEN documents and also draw on TOPAS, TSRGD and DMRB for their implementations of traffic control solutions.   Mark Pleydell, Chair WG4 22nd November 2017 E: WG4.Chair@artsm.org.uk   Next Meetings :   19.2.19;   21.5.19;   13.8.19;    8.10.19 Incoming Chair 2019 : Iain McDonald, Colas (first term)

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