On Thursday 2nd May 2019, Woodfines Solicitors’ Transport & Regulatory team hosted their annual Spring Road Transport Conference at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, in Cambridgeshire.
They were joined by over 100 members of the transport and logistics industry, from a range of local, national and international businesses.
After being welcomed by Woodfines’ Head of Transport & Regulatory, Mike Hayward, who also provided essential legal updates for the sector, delegates heard from How’s My Driving’s David Footitt, on mental health in the industry, and how it can be better managed for the benefit of staff and drivers. This was followed by Woodfines’ Partner and Employment Law specialist, Maria Gallucci, who shared some tips that transport companies could use to keep their employees on the road.
After a short break, Woodfines’ Transport & Regulatory team, comprising of Michelle O’Garro, Nathan Taylor-Allkins, Jane Anderson and Charlotte Hunt, hosted a mock Public Inquiry, allowing delegates an exclusive insight into how PI’s work and what business owners and transport managers should expect if they are called to one. After hearing the “Traffic Commissioner’s” outcome and ruling, delegates heard a lively and engaging presentation from Marisa Baker of Kingsley Consulting Ltd on diversity in the sector, before Maria Koureas-Jones from Woodfines’ Disputes team rounded off the morning with some practical advice on insolvency.
After a delicious lunch, the conference was joined by keynote speaker and Senior Traffic Commissioner, Richard Turfitt, who, in his own inimitable style, provided sage and timely insight into what he did not want to see happening in the transport industry, and the compliance actions that would keep businesses out of his office. Mr Turfitt also spoke about the problems that bridge strikes are causing for the industry and warned delegates not to be tempted by AdBlue emulators, as referenced by Commercial Motor Magazine.
Following the Conference, Mike Hayward said: “We are very grateful to all of the speakers who gave their time to join us today, and hope that all of our delegates found the opportunity to collaborate with the speakers useful, and found this year’s Conference informative and helpful in keeping their businesses and drivers on the road for both the short and long term future.”
Woodfines’ next Road Transport Conference will take place at Cranfield University on Thursday 28th November 2019, and is open to all members of the transport and logistics sector. For further information, please email Nicola O’Loughlin to be added to our mailing list, where you will also receive our road transport newsletter, Wheels, and other specialist legal and compliance updates.