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Key industry issues to be covered at FTA Transport Manager event in Belfast

Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan, is to address the Freight Transport Association’s Transport Manager Northern Ireland Conference in March on commercial vehicle road safety, legislation and enforcement issues, the DOE’s findings over the previous 12 months and its future priorities. The Minister will cover issues of current and future relevance such as the proposed new drink-driving limits for HGV drivers, and the HGV Road User Levy and how it affects operators in Northern Ireland.

Delegates will also hear from the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) and the Transport Regulation Unit (TRU) in a joint presentation on the enforcers’ view. Jeremy Logan, Head of Compliance and Roadside Enforcement at the DVA, will cover the DVA’s enforcement priorities, in particular common problems detected at the roadside, and the Agency’s future enforcement plans. Donna Knowles, Head of the TRU, will cover the TRU’s role in dealing with operators found to be non-compliant and how the disciplinary process works, including case study examples.

Other key sessions at Transport Manager Northern Ireland 2015 include:

Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, Keith Morrison, on safety in transport and warehousing
Volvo on trucks of the future
Tackling the driver shortage
Transport Manager interactive quiz
Police Service of Northern Ireland on the latest enforcement priorities
Transport Manager Calendar 2015-16

The conference, sponsored by Volvo Trucks and Brigade Electronics, and supported by media partner Export & Freight magazine, will give transport managers the information and advice they need to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing transport scene in Northern Ireland, covering key issues facing transport managers in the year ahead and providing invaluable advice that is relevant to everyday operations.

Adam Barfoot, Logistics Manager at Calor Gas, who attended the 2014 event said:
“Being my first FTA conference I found the information on offer through a diversity of presentations made for an enjoyable and thought-provoking day. The knowledge, experience and professionalism of each presenter was evident, and the topics chosen fitted in well with concerns that the industry currently faces from day to day. The variety of companies attending allowed for good networking opportunities, and the whole day ran without a hitch. I’ll be there in 2015 and would recommend the FTA conference to anyone dealing with transport issues today.”

Prices for attending this event have been held at 2014 rates, the cost for FTA members being £265 plus VAT for the first delegate and £225 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; the cost for non-members is £330 plus VAT for the first delegate and £290 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

To book a place, call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 11 22 22; complete the online booking form at http://www.fta.co.uk/events/transport_manager_northern_ireland_2015.html or email events@fta.co.uk

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