The theme for this year’s conference was Facing the future: are you ready? with presentations on topics including safety through innovation, the modern driver and utilising crash data.
This year delegates had the opportunity to choose from a range of breakout sessions in the afternoon covering areas such as routing and journey planning, electric vehicles, managing young drivers, trucks – new vehicle standards, vans – the future of delivery and recruitment and driver training.
The speaker line up was as follows:
Safety through innovation: Addressing future mobility needs in a 'Smarter World'
Richard Cuerden, academy director at TRL
This discussion focuses on some of the latest developments in vehicle technology and standards and how they will improve road safety, in particular looking ahead to what the future will hold.
The modern driver
Lisa Dorn, associate professor at Cranfield University
Covering some of the human aspects of what makes a safe, modern fleet driver, this presentation includes particular emphasis on health and mental health and driver attitudes.
Crash data - towards a safer future
Department for Transport
How can detailed crash data be used to implement change and ensure a safer future? This presentation will cover in-depth collision investigation, the RAIDS database and the implications of autonomous vehicles.
Afternoon breakout sessions:
Routing and journey planning
Jaime Darby, senior manager - transport solutions development at ASDA
A discussion about how effective route and journey planning can enable fleet managers to maximise efficiency, minimise emissions, reduce collisions and make other overall improvements in road safety terms.
A holistic approach to risk management
Dave Conway, quality and environmental manager at FM Conway
Based on their work towards gaining ISO 39001 certification and the success of their ‘Right Driver – Right Vehicle – Right Place’ culture, this session aims to inspire fleet industry professionals to adopt similar initiatives.
Embedding an effective risk management policy
Andrew Drewary FCILT MAIRSO
How do you embed an effective, pro-active and robust fleet risk management policy? Andrew Drewary will outline the key points that employers need to consider before allowing their employees to drive for business.
Prioritising people and their welfare
Rebecca Posner, psychologist at TRL
Utilising the research that TRL are currently undertaking, this session will encourage fleets to talk openly about mental health issues and address stigmas.
Managing young drivers
John Boocock, managing director at Fleetmaster
Following the success of Fleetmaster’s Young Driver Academy (and the associated reduction in incidents), how can we inspire other industry professionals to implement similar measures
Recruitment and driver training
Niall McNally, senior executive at NVD Ltd
Drawing from years of industry experience, this session will focus on training drivers to use the latest vehicle technology as well as giving advice on improving staff turnover rates.
Mark Bromhall, group road safety manager at Royal Mail Group
Royal Mail has introduced a number of fully electric vans into its fleet. Mark Bromhall outlines the successes and the pitfalls to inform fleet managers who might be looking to implement similar measures.
Trucks: New vehicle standards
Natalie Chapman, head of South of England and urban policy, Freight Transport Association
As details of the new design regulations for heavy goods vehicles operating in London are revealed, we discuss the controversy surrounding the Direct Vision Standard and ask whether it will deliver the safety improvements that the city hopes for.
Vans: The future of delivery
Mark Cartwright, head of vans, Freight Transport Association
New vehicle technology is revolutionising last-mile delivery services. How can we harness this technology to improve road safety, reduce collisions and address issues such as noise pollution?