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Road Transport Management System [RTMS] and Road Safety

Road Transport Management System [RTMS] and Road SafetyIntroduction

South Africans have experienced a significant increase in the transportation of goods on our road network. The rail industry is facing several challenges, thereby increasing the demand on logistics companies for the transportation of road freight.

All stakeholders in the road logistics value chain are aware of the problems concerning road logistics that affect their industries. The road infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly due to overloading and poor maintenance. Furthermore, the large number of accidents attributed to heavy trucks is unacceptable.

Both road safety and road infrastructure are public concerns subject to strict regulation by governments, particularly when abused. Overregulation, road deterioration and high accident rates pose a significant threat to the long term sustainability and global competitiveness of the road logistics value chain.

Transport authorities have recognised that we cannot only rely on traffic enforcement to keep our roads and all our road users safe! The Government's National Development Plan has identified Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as being essential in helping to deliver safer roads.

The ability of Government to reduce the road accident toll depends also on building up local partnerships networks, ensuring quality planning and implementation of road safety interventions, including monitoring and evaluation of implemented strategies

Public private partnerships provide opportunities for businesses to participate in enhancing road safety and to share their vision and expertise in a variety of road safety strategies.

Definition of RTMS


Definition of RTMS

RTMS is an industry-led, voluntary self-regulation scheme that encourages consignees, consignors and transport operators engaged in the road logistics value chain to implement a management system (a set of standards - SANS 10399:2012) with outcomes that contribute to preserving road infrastructure, improving road safety & increasing productivity.

This scheme also supports the Department of Transport’s National Freight Logistics Strategy.

Users of road haulage (consignors and consignees) and providers of road haulage (hauliers) have jointly developed strategies aimed at protecting the road network, improving road safety and transport productivity for the benefit of the country’s citizens and the industry itself.

The industry also recognises that poor compliance to transport regulations creates an unfair competitive environment. It is, therefore, felt that a self-regulation scheme is required to create standard rules for the industry and that these rules should become the “business norm” – supporting principles of good corporate governance. It is for this reason that industry is leading this initiative, to ensure its quick adoption by all businesses participating in the road logistics value chain.

Furthermore, industry recognises its critical role in the economy’s growth. Efficient movement of goods between a country’s centres of production and its shipping ports boosts competitiveness in international markets. RTMS is one of the innovative and pro-active initiatives that will make this possible.

The reality of Overloading in the Freight Industry


What are the Key Focus areas of RTMS in the Freight Industry?


What are the Key Focus areas of RTMS in the Freight Industry?


RTMC and Bus Operators


RTMC and Bus Operators

RTMS not only applies to the transportation of goods but also to passenger transport by our bus companies.

“This standard is intended for all bus and coach operators. It is applicable to all types of operations including tourists, inter -city, urban and rural commuter, school, cross border, organised parties and other dedicated services – all sizes of operations”. Ref: SANS 10399-2012

Role players to consider include:

It is important to recognize the focus of RTMS in addressing amongst bus operators the following:

– Quality management of the operator processes

– Quality of the operator product


The RTMS Heavy Vehicle Management System


The RTMS Heavy Vehicle Management System

It is envisaged that the National Heavy Vehicle Management System will have standards on:


Driver Wellness

Vehicle Operations


Components of RTMS


Components of RTMS

It is envisaged that RTMS will offer support for the implementation of the following components:

National Standards



Information portals

Recognition and Concessions


Special projects

Research and technology

What gives the RTMS credibility and value?

–Stringent adherence to:

What are the RTMS Standards?

1.            The National RTMS committee has compiled a five year strategy document, detailing the long term vision and goals of RTMS. This document can be downloaded at: Road Transport Management System

2.            The following documentation pertains to transport operators, consignors and consignees:

These documents can be purchased at a nominal fee from Standards South Africa:

Tel: 012 428-6883



Benefits of RTMC as experienced by Logistics Company Barloworld

Areas where improvements have been seen:

Contracts have been awarded to BWL because of good internal risk and operational protocols and RTMS helped to bring this together.

Post RTMS accreditations have been obtained for the transportation of explosives and chemicals. The RTMS framework covers over 80% of these audit requirements.

The benefits are starting to come through in cost saving in all areas of our daily operations

Transport operators who invest in becoming RTMS accredited are recognised for their commitment to responsible business through a series of concessions.

Current RTMS Status [June 2013]


On-going accreditation is subject to the successful completion of annual surveillance audits, which is why it's imperative that an operator implements RTMS in a sustainable manner. This also ensured the commitment of operators to continually achieve the objectives of improved road safety, the reduction of road crashes, optimised payload efficiency, maintenance of roadworthy vehicles and improved driver wellness and training.

RTMS certified operators have dedicated plans in place to focus on any areas of concern which will ensure continual improvements and enable them to maintain the highest standards in the industry for continued compliance.


Download the Presentation

Road Transport Management System and Road Safety

Also view:

RTMS Website

Road Freight Issues in South Africa and the RTMS initiative

Overloading and Road Safety

Fleet Management Logistics and Road Safety

Vehicle Telematics, Accident Investigation and Fleet Management

Can RTMS reduce the cost of truck insurance premiums I have to pay for my fleet?


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