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Chance for a chat over Euro sign changes

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Visitors to Traffex can chat through the impending deadline for traffic sign CE marking with Association for Road Traffic Safety and Management General Secretary Brian Lyus.

July 1 sees the culmination of a process that started more than twenty years ago – the harmonisation of the national standards for traffic signing and road equipment products throughout Europe.

Work on European Standards for traffic signing products started in 1990, and many standards have been developed for a variety of products including fixed traffic signs, variable message signs, internally-illuminated bollards and delineators.

Products that conform to the requirements of a standard carry the CE mark to indicate this. CE-marked
products must be accepted by all European Member States without the need for further testing or certification.

As traffic signs are regarded as safety-critical products, the Commission requires independent third-party testing to demonstrate that products conform to the essential requirements of the Directive.

At present, third-party assessment of conformity is still voluntary, but all that is set to change on 1 July.

From that date, it will be necessary for all manufacturers and suppliers of traffic signs, traffic sign posts, retroreflective material and lighting units to conform to the essential requirements of the Construction Products Directive.

Bookings for a free consultation can be made through Brian Lyus at



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