Freight Transport Association’s conference is underway

Freight Transport Association’s Conference Is Underway

The Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager conference series got underway in Chepstow last week, with a topical programme, including discussion on Brexit and what EU legislation should be retained or scrapped.

Priorities

Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, outlined his department’s new traffic area responsibilities and highlighted licensing priorities for 2017, while the DVSA’s Alan Coombes explained the concept of Earned Recognition.

Incidents

Delegates received new advice from the FTA about O Licence safety obligations and learned about existing and proposed industry accreditation schemes. And the FTA’s Head of Engineering, Andy Mair, offered tips on how to prevent trucks and vans causing incidents that close motorways, such as shed loads, fuel spillages and tyre blow-outs.

Brexit

FTA Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham said: “This year’s programme focuses on key issues that transport managers need to be looking at over the coming months. Brexit is the burning platform and the FTA is holding monthly webinars for members to keep them updated, but while we’re still in the EU, it’s business as usual.

“Keeping up to date with current legislation is vital to enable transport managers to run an efficient and compliant operation – the FTA’s Transport Manager conferences are the best way for them to ensure they’re ahead of the game.”

Opportunity

FTA Transport Manager runs until December at venues throughout the UK. It gives transport managers and those in charge of road transport fleets the opportunity to hear from key industry speakers and experts.