The Microlise Annual Transport Conference moves to larger venue

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The Microlise Transport Conference a key event in the transport industry's calendar. With over 400 delegates and a raft of positive feedback in 2013, the news is spreading quickly... so much so that the 2014 event is being held at the 650 seat auditorium and main exhibition hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to accommodate the increased demand. With over 400 delegates already registered, this year's conference is expected to be fully booked.

The Microlise Transport Conference is focused on helping fleet operators reduce operating costs, improve health and safety, increase their service levels and reduce their impact on the environment.

Held annually, the conference offers managers and directors who operate a fleet of vehicles the opportunity to stay informed of developments within the industry, gauge opinion of industry governing bodies, network with their peers and to stay up to date with the very latest developments in technology.

Bob Harbey, Executive Director at Microlise commented, "The line-up of speakers this year is very impressive and is guaranteed to ensure that every delegate takes away valuable information from the day that will help them make decisions to meet the challenges of this tough industry of ours"

With a mixture of governing bodies, like the DVSA, CILT, Department for Transport and the FTA, there will be plenty of valuable information and industry insights. Steve Agg, CEO at CILT will open the conference with an overview of the recently published CILT vision report which outlines the future of the UK's transport infrastructure. Steve will also explain the thinking behind the vision and the likely impact on the industry.

Theo De Pencier, CEO, Freight Transport Association (FTA) will follow Steve, addressing the conference with an overview of the FTA's activities over the last 12 months and will explain the Association's objectives and ambitions for 2014 and beyond.

Traffic Commissioner for West of England, Sarah Bell, will speak about the need for safe and dependable transport in the UKs society and economy. As regulators of the commercial vehicle industries, traffic commissioners play a vital role in managing risks to road safety, protecting fair competition and promoting the running of punctual and reliable passenger transport which includes their responsibilities over operator licensing and the conduct of vocational drivers. Sarah will explain to the conference how traffic commissioners meet these objectives and update delegates on key developments in operator licensing.

In June 2013 the Government announced that the DSA and VOSA would merge to form a new agency, the DVSA. Alastair Peoples, Chief Executive Officer of the new Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will explain the role of this new agency, its aims and objectives and how it will help operators protect their fleets, their drivers and their OCRS.

Responsible for surface strategy & planning for surface transport, Glen Davies, Programme Manager Freight & Fleet Programmes at Transport for London will discuss the current strategy for the haulage sector in London, the importance of the FORS initiative, the current thinking on improving safety on the Capitals roads and the changes that are planned for the future.

Big hitters from the logistics sector like DHL, Maritime, Downtons and NFT will be speaking at the conference offering an insight into how they have saved fuel, improved health and safety and improved customer service.

Experiencing strong growth, Mark Albiston, Operations Excellence Director at Hewden Plant Hire will explain how technology is playing a major part in driving efficiency through the business and improving customer service.

With over 2000 SqM in the Jaguar Hall at the Ricoh, this year's Expo will be bigger than ever with exhibitors from all sectors of our industry.

The Microlise Transport Conference is brought to you in partnership with MAN Truck & Bus (UK) Ltd who will have a selection of their latest Euro VI vehicles on display. The communications sponsor at the conference is Vodafone whilst Motorola are once again, the mobility sponsor at the event. Brit European will be exhibiting their Duel Fuel vehicle and will be on hand to give delegates an update on their progress with the new technology. PTV will also be ready to demonstrate their latest mapping technology.

To top it all, there will be a truly inspirational guest speaker this year. Injured by an IED in 2009 in Sangin, Afghanistan, Captain Tony Harris is a below knee amputee with other injuries as a result of the blast. Inspired by others in the Defence Recovery process he will show that incredible feats can be accomplished. Ambassador for Help 4 Hero's, Tony will share with the conference the amazing achievements during the extreme challenge that is the Dakar Rally.

"We're delighted to have three massive names like MAN, Vodafone and Motorola sponsoring the conference. "Bob Harbey continues, "With Quintin Willson chairing the event once again, the day promises to be both informative and entertaining."

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