IRTE Conference 2014 set for St George’s Park 26 August 2014
Transport professionals from some of the most forward-looking names in the business are set to speak at this year's IRTE Conference on 17 September, at Hilton at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent.
The IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) says delegates can expect to hear transport engineers, fleet managers reveal the impact of new technologies and thinking on fleet efficiency and fuel consumption, while industry experts deal with key issues around compliance.
The new Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry MP is set to open proceedings, while David Cebon, director of the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium, will deliver the keynote.
Sessions will cover: Euro 6 engine maintenance; selecting trucks to minimise total costs; the most radical EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval update; and why industry leaders are implementing dual-fuel for lower cost truck operations.
This year, the IRTE Conference will also include a staged public inquiry, presided over by Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney with a defending legal team from Backhouse Jones solicitors.
Headline speakers include: Alastair Peoples, DVSA chief executive; Tyrone Lanaway, engineering manager of Langdon Industries; Tony Soper, principal engineer at Millbrook; Stephen Carroll from CENEX; Andrew Woodfall from Backhouse Jones; Trevor Fletcher, chairman of Hardstaff; and Stuart Nancollis, managing director of driver behaviour specialist Octave.
Also new for this year's IRTE Conference are in-depth streams covering: legal/compliance; fuel saving; and bus and coach.
The legal stream will include DVSA and traffic commissioner strategy updates, as well as current law enforcement and legal trends.
The fuel-saving stream will offer insights on telematics, driver behaviour, aerodynamics and dual-fuel.
And the bus and coach stream will cover: hybrids and electrics; New Bus for London; design and maintenance for fire prevention; and biofuels and fuel additives.
Ian Chisholm, head of operations & communications at IRTE's umbrella body, the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), says: "The IRTE Conference offers a unique opportunity to hear the latest thinking on road transport – which includes compliance, technology and efficiency.
"Conference speakers have been drawn from right across the industry and offer a wealth of experience that will help delegates meet the challenges and triumphs affecting the whole industry."
Delegates this year are also being invited to a networking pre-dinner, with entertainment provided by former Isuzu Trucks UK chief executive Nikki King OBE and ex-international football referee Graham Poll – and a luxury stay at the Hilton, St George's Park.
Cost for the full package including drinks reception, dinner, accommodation and full day conference is £400 + VAT, with a conference-only option available for £250 + VAT.
Special discounts apply for IRTE members. To book your place, use the link below.
Backhouse Jones Solicitors
Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium
Department for Transport
Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Society of Operations Engineers
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