2012 proved to be a challenging year. However, it has been one where RSTA proved that challenges can be turned into opportunities. Against a background of national economic uncertainty, 2012 saw the Association continue to develop. It attracted new members, increased its training programme, launched a library of ADEPT endorsed best practice guidance and continued to raise its business profile.
The growth and development of the RSTA will continue during the coming year as the Association will address the major issues affecting the road surface treatment sector. In addition to the tests of 2012, 2013 will bring it’s own set of
challenges. These include the mandatory implementation of CE marking for surface dressing and slurry surfacing products, an increased focus on asset management of road networks that demands a best whole life cost approach, and the ongoing expectations of durability and performance against budget limitations.
Increasingly, during 2013 the performance of roads will be subject to considerable scrutiny. In addition to the backlog in repair and maintenance, there will be a renewed focus on the safety and skid resistance properties of roads together with higher expectations on reduced noise levels and increased drive comfort. The environmental impact and sustainability of road maintenance in terms of product, process and long-life performance will continue to be a central issue. Above all, will be the need for RSTA members to work with local authorities and clients to determine solutions that are cost effective with added-value.
To address these issues and challenges, the RSTA will seek opportunities for dialogue with association industry associations and client organisations, continue its work on the development of carbon calculators for road surface treatments and facilitate the delivery of best practice through industry recognised Codes of Practice, education and training.
The outlook for 2013 is challenging but it will not be without its rewards as RSTA continues to emphasise the need for a well-maintained road network undertaken by a well-trained workforce using cost-effective, innovative and proven techniques and materials. Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish all RSTA members and readers of the RSTA E-news, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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