Road traffic management system
A self-regulatory scheme that encourages consignees, consignors and road transport operators to implement a management system (a set of standards) that complies with the Road Traffic Regulations and contributes towards preserving the road infrastructure, improving road safety and increasing productivity. RTMS is thus a system that voluntarily regulates the heavy vehicle industry and has achieved significant results in:
Reduction and minimization of overloading;
Preventing road damage and preserving our infrastructure;
Improving the safety of heavy vehicles on our national roads; Taking care of truck drivers’ health (driver wellness initiatives);
Reduction of traffic violations
Improving efficiency in various industry supply chains;
Actively promoting skills development within the transport sector; and
Companies tracking the performance and taking responsibility for the impact of their activities.
Implementation of the RTMS standards has directly contributed to significant safety, compliance and efficiency improvements. A fundamental concept is the consistent implementation of the relevant procedures and the corresponding application of corrective actions where deviations or non- conformances are detected as a result of monitoring and measurement. Various industries and individual companies have seen the direct benefit of reduced crashes and incidents as a result of RTMS implementation. Organizations have been able to monitor key performance indicators and implement appropriate measures to ensure continual improvement. Companies have reported successes and benefits that can be described quantitatively as well as qualitatively. The following notable achievements have greatly enhanced the value of RTMS and its increasing recognition by supply chain stakeholders. Speeding is one of the leading contributors to crashes; RTMS compliance requires diligent monitoring of speeding and the implementation of corrective actions to prevent habitual recurrences. The reduced crash rates of RTMS certified companies are no doubt due, in part, to effective control of drivers to minimize habitual over-speeding. A car-carrier transport operator, Vehicle Delivery Services, achieved a 30% reduction in speed violations (detected from satellite tracking). Two other transport operators, Barloworld Logistics and Tanker Services, achieved 100% compliance in terms of speeding controls required by the RTMS standard. Speeding incidents in a segment of the coal industry have been reduced from more than 40 incidents per day to less than 15 incidents per day. Whilst this is the situation is not ideal, efforts are ongoing to promote RTMS in this sector dominated largely by smaller fleets.