Under EC Directive 2008/96/EC and Highways Agency IAN152/11 all Road Safety Audits carried out on the Trunk Road and Motorway network from December 2013 in the UK must be undertaken with an approved audit team with at least one team member having an approved Certificate of Competency.
Whilst many road safety auditors are aware of this requirement, many have still not obtained the certificate and may be ineligible to carry out audits on the national road network. The Directive also applies to road safety audits on the Trunk Road and Motorway Network in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and to a few Local Authorities that have a section of Trans-European Road Network in their area.
Phil Cook, Director of TMS said:
"Although the certificate is not a requirement for many Local Authority road safety auditors, around half of those who have successfully gained the Certificate of Competency are from these organisations. The main reason for them wanting to achieve this is to demonstrate that they operate to the highest standards."