What is RTMS?
Despite concerted and ongoing efforts for an effective law enforcement strategy by the road and traffic authorities, the sharp increase in heavy vehicle traffic and the effects of overloading continue to be a major problem on South African roads. Overloading causes premature road deterioration and, together with inadequate vehicle maintenance, high levels of driver fatigue and poor driver health care programs, contributes significantly to South Africa’s poor road safety record. The Road Transport Management System (RTMS) is a self regulation initiative that has already shown outstanding results since its implementation and supports the Department of Transport’s National Overload Control Strategy (NOCS).
RTMS is an industry–led, government-supported, voluntary, self-regulation scheme that encourages consignees, consignors & road transport operators to implement a management system (a set of standards) that demonstrates compliance with the Road Traffic Regulations and contributes to preserving road infrastructure, improving road safety & increasing productivity.
The RTMS National Standard (SANS 1395-1) has been published by the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) and compliance is assessed by SANAS accredited 3rd party auditors.
In summary, RTMS therefore is a system that voluntarily regulates the heavy vehicle industry and has achieved significant results in
• Reduction and minimisation of overloading
• Preventing road damage and preserving our infrastructure
• Enhancing the safety of heavy vehicles on our national roads
• Taking care of truck drivers’ health (Driver Wellness Initiatives)
• Reduction of traffic violations (e.g. reducing speeding incidents)
• Improving efficiency in various industry supply chains
• Actively promoting skills development within the transport sector
Companies measuring their performance and taking responsibility for the impact of their activities
In order to become RTMS accredited a company must demonstrate that it has adequately implemented all the requirements of the RTMS national draft standard. RTMS compliance does not involve “rocket science”, rather it requires that a company demonstrate that it manages its transport operations with due consideration to road safety, compliance and operational risks. The RTMS processes are developed so that procedures are compiled and consistently implemented to minimize the risks identified. The company is required to demonstrate that it poses a minimal risk to the road infrastructure, the environment, other road users as well as taking care of its drivers. Successful RTMS implementation requires a change in attitude, mindset and ultimately behaviour so that road safety is actively promoted within the company.
RTMS certification enables a company to claim excellence in the management of its road transport operation. RTMS is recognised and actively promoted by major industry bodies and affiliates, including SANRAL, RTMC, National Department of Transport, Provincial Departments of Transport, Chamber of Mines, FESARTA, , RTMS Forestry Committee, RTMS Sugar Committee, Agricultural Chamber of Business, CSIR, RFA
Companies promoting and encouraging RTMS certification include :
Exxaro Resources, BHP Billiton, Mondi, Sappi, Eskom