RTMS compliance made easy with Ctrack
The first platform of its kind to manage and store all information related to Road Transport Management System (RTMS) certification has been launched by vehicle tracking and fleet management company, Ctrack.
The platform was created after Ctrack identified a need for an efficient, all-in-one software tool to manage and keep track of the standard road safety and transport productivity guidelines as set out by the RMTS.
“Ctrack recognises the critical role that the RTMS plays in preserving road infrastructure, improving road safety and increasing the productivity of the logistics value chain,” begins Hein Jordt, MD of Ctrack Fleet Management Solutions. “By making sure the annual auditing process goes smoothly, we hope to encourage more fleet owners and operators to invest in becoming RTMS accredited.”
Importantly, the platform includes policy guidelines that explain the different segments of RTMS requirements in detail. In this way, fleet managers can constantly check whether they are adhering to RTMS standards, and timeously implement the necessary actions for compliance through Ctrack’s fleet management software.
“Using this software to its fullest makes it easier for fleet owners to adhere to the RTMS standards, and also makes it easier for auditors. Theoretically, auditors could access the fleet owner’s web portal with a once-off password, and audit the fleet annually. This access will significantly reduce the amount of paperwork to be inspected at the transporter’s premises,” says Jordt.
The solution integrates with Ctrack’s existing advanced fleet management software suite, FleetConnect. This fully customisable platform enables fleet owners to administer, manage and support the different aspects of their fleet’s activities.
Besides providing the RTMS capability, Ctrack FleetConnect also integrates all other components of fleet management into a single centralised database. This serves as a one-stop platform for assessing fleet trends and analysis, managing the risk associated with the fleet, viewing multiple hierarchical reporting structures, as well as a variety of other tools.
“This platform will enhance the rollout and implementation of RTMS for all transport operators, and also ease the annual auditing process by third-party auditors exponentially,” says Kathy Bell, board member of RTMS.
Since its inception in 2004, the RTMS certification has grown to become an official South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) standard in the South African heavy-vehicle transport sector.
Today, nearly 10 000 trucks and buses are certified through the self-regulation scheme, with companies audited on an annual basis according to a strict set of requirements. These include guidelines on the maintenance of roadworthy vehicles, improving driver behaviour and optimisation of load.