Monday, April 23, 2018

Road Safety Conference to Look At Electric Trucks and Road Haulage 'Last Mile' Freight Deliveries

Birmingham Event is About Transport Fleets Facing the Future
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UK – Brake, the national road safety charity dedicated to stopping carnage on the roads and care for families which have relatives bereaved and injured in road crashes, necessarily paints with a broad brush. Cars are obviously a principal target but at this year's Fleet Safety Conference the organisation is giving over a large part of the discussions to road haulage services, with representative speakers from the freight transport industry. Electric vehicles, trucks and 'last mile' deliveries by vans are all up for discussion.

Brake’s Fleet Safety Conference 2018, is this year based around the theme of ‘Facing the future - are you ready?’ and will see experts from the world of fleet transport share best practice in managing road risk at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on Friday 25 May 2018. This year’s conference will include breakout sessions giving delegates the opportunity to shape the conference around their own agenda and professional needs. These breakout sessions will cover topical issues including routing and journey planning, electric vehicles, managing young drivers, trucks, new vehicle standards, vans, the future of delivery and recruitment and driver training.

The event will feature presentations from both public and private sector operators, representing car, van, truck, and mixed vehicle fleets, and the full agenda can be viewed here. Of particular interest to our regular readers will be 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.

Additionally Royal Mail has recently introduced a number of fully electric vans into its fleet and group road safety manager Mark Bromhall will outline the successes and the pitfalls to inform fleet managers who might be looking to implement similar measures. Natalie Chapman, the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Head of Policy for London and the South East, will be leading the discussion on the controversy surrounding the Direct Vision Standard and asking whether it will deliver the safety improvements that the city hopes for.

These talks will precede a look at new vehicle technology, such as the low or zero carbon vans and small urban vehicles which are revolutionising last-mile delivery services, and asking ‘How can we harness this technology to improve road safety, reduce collisions and address issues such as noise pollution?’ Ross Moorlock, business development director, at Brake says:

“We are delighted to announce such a strong line-up of speakers for this year’s conference. Every year, we bring together leading fleet professionals who are pioneering safety measures in the industry, and I’d urge anyone responsible for managing at-work drivers to take advantage of this excellent networking opportunity.”

Photo: The eStar from Navistar.