ROAD MARKINGS: THE “RAILS” FOR THE SELF-STEERING CAR…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:38
At least half the travel on Europe’s roads by 2025 will be in vehicles which can read the road ahead including markings and signs. But vehicles, like drivers, cannot function well if basic road markings and signs are non-existent, non-compliant, worn out, obscured, inconsistent or confusing. This means putting an end to the differences in even the most basic, internationally agreed safety signs and standardising the width of white lines and the amount of light they reflect – and ensuring the edges of major roads are marked.
The vehicle and the road:
two sides of the same coin
“Roads that cars can read”, a report to be published today by EuroRAP (the European Road Assessment Programme) and Euro NCAP, makes important reading for those who maintain Europe’s roads of economic importance. It says that the majority of travel – and road deaths – occur on these roads which comprise just 10 per cent of the network. Inadequate maintenance and differences in road markings and traffic signs are now a major obstacle to the effective use of technology in vehicles, such as lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.
George Lee, national director of the UK’s Road Safety Markings Association and chair of the European Road Federation, led the consultation on standardising road markings on all major roads across Europe.
“Our recommendation – based on an overview of existing national practices and research and discussions is that the EU adopts the simple and memorable: ‘150 x 150’ standard already commonly in use. Lane and edge markings should be a consistent 150 millimetres wide, and markings in the dry should reflect light at 150 millicandela,” says Lee.
The report describes lane markings as the ‘rails’ for self-steering vehicles, and calls for the safety standards of the rail and aviation industry to be applied to major roads, where the quality of road markings and signs are assured to work with modern vehicles.
High Quality Markings are Essential for Intellegent Cars
As well as making recommendations for clear, common standards for road markings and traffic signs on major rural roads, the report also calls for an independent survey of Europe’s major roads to assess the scale of action needed to meet these standards.
“This is vitally important,” says Lee, “We know that in the UK, national standards are not being enforced and the quality of road markings is declining at an alarming rate as a result. An independent survey will identify those of Europe’s economically-significant roads that already meet the standard, and the scale of action that needs to be taken to make Europe’s roads fit for the coming decade.”
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Roadmarking 2013 Breaks All Records.
Monday, 25 November 2013 10:46
Roadmarking 2013, the 16th annual RSMA conference has broken all records.
Held at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, Roadmarking 2013 really cemented its place as THE premier specialised conference across the highways industry.
With in excess of 300 delegates attending and no less than 28 speakers from across Europe over the two days of the event , a number far in excess of last year, the event was bigger and better than ever.
Coupled with that an exhibition with over 40 exhibitors from specialisms such as human resources, traffic management as well as strong representation from both the markings and surfacing sectors, meant there was something for everyone - quite literally.
For the first time the event also encapsulated Highways Health and Safety 2013, a workshop based event, with keynote speakers from the HSE, designed to help all delegates, whether they considered themselves H&S professionals or not.
Speaking post-event RSMA National Director George Lee, explained his pride at the event's incredible success,
He said, "From a small acorn grows a mighty oak tree, and from the small and humble beginnings of an afternoon meeting once a year, Roadmarking 2013 has grown into one of the must attend events.
"A lot of hard work and dedication has gone in behind the scenes making this event the success it has been and for that I am very grateful.
"But as with everything the challenge now is how we can make it better next year.
"As an association we are well known for listening to the needs of not just our membership, but also the highways sector, and this is something we fully intend to do with next year's event.
"We are already in the advanced planning stages with the aim being to make the whole event much more interactive and enable visitors to really get hold of the product and see what it can do, rather than simply looking at it in a brochure."
Roadmarking 2014 will again be held at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham on 12th and 13th November 2014.
RSMA members receive free training worth £25,000
Monday, 25 November 2013 10:33
Members of the Road Safety Markings Association have benefitted from over £25,000 worth of free training.
Before the end of the year, 110 operatives will receive training in areas ranging from emergency first aid at work to the 2 day site supervisors safety training scheme (SSSTS).
In order to access the training association members signed up to Line Train, a CITB supported independent training group, at an annual membership cost of £37.50.
The funding is just the latest commitment by the association to helping members access the support, training, qualifications, skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
We offer a varied portfolio of training courses and business development support delivered by a team of experienced specialists who understand the issues and challenges of our sectors.
From short specific workshops to comprehensive business management consultancy and support, we develop bespoke solutions to suit every type and size of business.
We specialise in tailoring our support to your needs, because our training is delivered by people who not only understand the sector but have experience of working in it.
This year alone the association has not only delivered this £25,000 in training, but 10 member companies of the association have benefitted from enrolment onto the pioneering RSMA Business Development and Sustainability Programme (BDSP) .
The BDSP was designed to offer a 10 month period of rolling support enabling association members to develop and refine their systems of work within their business.
Each company has received support in areas of Health and Safety and Quality, to the value of almost £10,000, through a process of workshops and 1 to 1 site visits.
Over the next 12 months the association aim to support its membership whilst also ensuring it continues to act as a torch bearer for improvements in standards, safety and training in the industry.
Progress that inspires - HOFMANN Road Marking Technology Day
Friday, 22 November 2013 10:31
Once again, on 28th November HOFMANN's popular Technology day and Expo will take place in Rellingen, Germany, hosting specialists from across the globe.
Bringing together the Who's Who of road marking technology, the free event, provides a fantastic opportunity for those within the sector to network.
Having been one of the worldwide leading manufacturers for road marking technology for more than 60 years, Hofmann see the annual event, which attracts delegates from across the globe, as an opportunity for all participants to exchange ideas in order to keep up to date.
The Rellingen-based company has again made it a priority to impress its high-ranking specialist audience with fascinating technical lectures. To ensure that all delegates are able to understand, the lectures will be simultaneously interpreted into German, English, Spanish, French and Russian.
As well as this, practical demonstrations of the latest state of the art technology for thermoplastic and 2-component cold plastic road marking technology, specifically suited for the structure and profile road marking area, will be taking place.
Irrespective of background, whether local authorities, road markers, material manufacturers, or other companies within the sector, - this event provides a networking forum for all those connected with road marking.
To book your place, click here.
Congratulations to Our Winners
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:45
The Road Safety Markings Association would like to congratulate Jack Mitchell of Hi-way Services and Wilson and Scott (Highways) ltd, winners of the first RSMA Industry Awards.
Presented at a ceremony during the Gala Dinner, part of the 16th annual conference, the awards were designed to recognise excellence within the Association's membership.
The first of the two awards, won by Wilson and Scott (Highways) Limited, was for Health and Safety Initiative of the Year.
Wilson and Scott's entry - 'Safety Starts With Me', is a health and safety campaign designed at getting involvement and buy-in at every level from director to operative.
Managing Director, Stephen Scott, explains, “We are very proud to have won the RSMA Health and Safety Initiative 2013.
"Our employees work in challenging environments using hot materials and exposed to high traffic volumes on the country’s roads.
"Our aim is to continuously reduce the accident rate at Wilson and Scott and the emphasis of this campaign is to change the perception that safety is someone else’s responsibility.
"This award is recognition for the hard work from everyone within the company in ensuring that our initiative is a success."
The second award, won by Jack Mitchell of Hi-Way Services, was for Apprentice of the Year.
Jack Mitchell, winner of RSMA Apprentice of the Year 2013, receives a cheque for £500 from
Tim Blackburn, National Specialist Centre Manager, CITB
For seven years, the association have run it's ground breaking apprenticeship scheme, which continues to be a resounding success, with over 40 operatives registered this year alone.
The award, designed to recognise an individual who has shown a positive approach and commitment to their training programme and their role, drew a number of entries from across the membership, all of whom had to be nominated by company.
The winner, chosen by a panel of industry experts, made their selection using the following criteria:
- Clear progression in their skills / knowledge / understanding.
- Growth in their performance / confidence & attitude since joining the apprenticeship scheme.
- Had a positive impact on your business.
The winner received a bespoke trophy as well as £500 from CITB, the training body who supported not only the award but have shown commitment to the scheme since its inception in 2005.
INVESTMENT PLANS MUST MAKE UK ROADS MEASURABLY SAFER
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:26
ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION TRACKING DATA 2013
· Report analyses the 44,373km (11%) of Britain’s network where 51% of Britain’s road deaths take place: motorways and A roads outside major urban areas
· Risk to road users is now 7 times greater on single carriageway A roads than motorways
· Running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths
· Junction crashes are the most common crash leading to serious injury
· 99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category; 97% of single carriageway A roads are not
· Britain’s economy loses more than 2% of GDP in road crashes
· Overall risk of death and serious injury on motorways and A roads is lowest in the West Midlands and highest in the East Midlands
· The most improved region is the East of England with a 30% fall in risk
In its Action for Roads proposals, the government has recognised that Britain is falling behind other countries and has announced “the biggest ever upgrade of our existing roads worth up to £50bn over the next generation”. It is also proposing that the Highways Agency is turned into a publicly owned corporation. With road crashes costing two per cent of GDP and other countries managing infrastructure in a new way, the Road Safety Foundation’s 2013 report “Measuring to Manage” calls for the new investment to be targeted so that the safety of the network is raised in a measurable way using world class techniques.
Dr Steve Lawson, director of the Road Safety Foundation says: “Most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving. The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general. That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control – such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts. Road managers need not only money, but the tools and goals to measure and manage infrastructure safety. Many proposals in government’s Action for Roads are sound, but there is need now to focus on improving infrastructure safety itself in a measurable way.”
These words are reflected starkly in the report, which shows dramatically the dominance of crashes at junctions leading to serious trauma and of death from running off the road.
The report highlights typical improvements leading to major reductions in serious crashes. These include removal of roadside hazards (such as trees, rigid poles or lighting columns), the introduction of interactive warning signs, anti-skid surfacing and road studs. For junction crashes, improved layout, signing, lining, resurfacing with high friction treatments and better tailored local speed limits were common.
The report also celebrates the work of a group of authorities who have made significant improvements to their roads. A remarkable 70% drop in serious crashes – some 250 fatal and serious injury crashes saved – on the ten most improved sections achieved by a variety of infrastructure improvements.
The measurements of the safety of UK roads were carried out using international benchmarks developed by the European Road Assessment Programme. Chair of EuroRAP, John Dawson, comments: “With new investment, Britain can join leading countries which are raising safety in a transparent, systematic way. The British public knows the safety rating of the cars they’re buying but not their roads.”
Some key facts:
· 1,754 people were killed on Britain’s roads in 2012
· 11,457 were killed on British roads in the 5 year survey period 2007-2011 compared with 16,533 in the previous 5 years, a drop of 31%
· The 44,373km network of motorways and A roads outside major urban areas analysed in this report represents just 11% of Britain’s road length - but carries 56% of traffic and more than half (51%) of all deaths
· Motorways and dual carriageways have seen the greatest improvement with a 24% reduction in the survey. The improvement for single carriageways is 18%
· On average, 4 people are killed or seriously injured on each mile of motorway and A roads outside major urban areas each decade
· In the 2007-2011 data period, single carriageway A roads are 7 times more risky than motorways. In the 2002-2006 period this figure was 6.
· Travel on single carriageways is 3 times more risky than dual carriageways
· 62% of fatal and serious crashes occur on single carriageway A roads, 12% on duals, 15% on mixed single/dual and 11% on motorways
· The most common crashes on motorways and A roads leading to death are run-offs (30%) The most common crashes leading to either death or serious injury occur at junctions
· 21% of fatal and serious crashes involved pedestrians or cyclists; 10% were head-ons and 8% shunts
· 22% of fatal crashes involved pedestrians or cyclists; 19% were head-ons and 6% shunts
· 99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category; 97% of single carriageways are not
· The British economy loses more than 2% of GDP in road crashes
· British road users pay 1% of GDP on motor insurance
· In the last five years, Britain suffered serious injury costs of £1.9 billion on motorways, £8.4 billion on primary A roads and £5.9 billion on non-primary A roads
· Motorways account for 36% of travel on the network analysed, 18% on duals and 32% on singles
· Motorcyclists make up just 1% of traffic but 21% of fatal and serious crashes on Britain’s motorways and A roads
The report is sponsored by Ageas, whose chief executive, Andy Watson says: “As the economy recovers, we can no longer rely on depressed demand to reduce road casualties. If we are to succeed in making road use no more risky than any other activity in daily life then we need relentless combined action, year after year, on safer driving, safer vehicles and safer roads.
“The government has recognised Britain has been falling behind on infrastructure investment. Improvement in infrastructure safety performance now needs to be at the heart and not peripheral to the new plans being prepared.
“As Britain’s second largest motor insurer, Ageas is once again pleased to support this annual publication from the Foundation, ultimately making roads safer for our employees, our customers and our partners. It makes public debate possible on where progress is or is not being made in making roads safer and how we should best plan for the future.”
The next 10 years
The Road Safety Foundation has used the same EuroRAP risk rating categories for 10 years, with highest-risk roads in black and safest roads in green. This current report is the last to use these bands, which will change for the next 10 years. Just as sister organisation EuroNCAP is tightening its criteria for a 5-star car, EuroRAP is placing higher demands on road engineers to raise standards for road safety.
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