Woodfines Host its 13th Road Transport Conference

On Thursday 28th November 2019, the Woodfines’ Road Transport team hosted their 13th conference at Cranfield Management Development Centre. The team were joined by over 70 delegates, making it the largest conference in the area to date.

Head of Transport and Regulatory, Mike Hayward, opened the conference by welcoming all of the delegates before giving a ‘legal round-up’ which is always a big hit with delegates. Mike then briefly handed over to Daryl Brown, CEO of Magpas Air Ambulance who joined the conference to briefly speak about plans in the local area and the ongoing support required.

The first guest speaker of the day was Leading Health and Safety Barrister, Claire Fraser of The 36 Group  whose presentation ‘What to do when the inspector calls’ provided delegates with essential information on health and safety, giving a general overview, and examples from recent cases.

Woodfines Solicitors, Charlotte Hunt and Michelle O’Garro, then teamed up to remind the audience about the importance of understanding brake efficiency test results as expected of the Traffic Commissioner, highlighting the common issues and giving their top tips. After a quick break to ‘refuel’, it was straight back into it with Woodfines Partner and Employment Specialist, Maria Gallucci and Nigel Morris of Macintyre Hudson accountants, giving presentations on the IR35 regulations  and what it means for those working in the transport industry with driver agencies.

Delegates were then given the opportunity to see what happens if a driver is called up to a Driver Conduct hearing. The Transport team (Mike Hayward, Charlotte Hunt, Jane Anderson, Michelle O’Garro and Nathan Taylor-Allkins) presented a mock hearing, giving delegates a taste of what to expect should one of their drivers find themselves in this position. Everyone was then given the opportunity to have their say, and vote for what action they believed should be taken against the driver and whether as a result, the company should be called to Public Inquiry. This followed on from the successful mock Public Inquiry held at the Spring conference.

Before the next ‘Pit Stop’ for lunch, the delegation heard from Phil Breen of the DVSA who provided an update on the Earned Recognition scheme, including its continued growth and how it is changing the way the DVSA works, meaning that they can put more resources into targeting operators who pose the greatest risk.

After lunch, Patrick Sadd, Barrister from Outer Temple Chambers, who recently acted for the Secretary of State for Transport relating to Adblue emission cheat devices, gave an insightful presentation to include reminding delegates that the DVSA are now routinely checking trucks for emission cheat devices, and that the crackdown found that one in 12 HGVs are using them.

Mike Hayward, Head of Road Transport, Crime and Regulatory said “Our first Transport Conference was held back in 2011 and so we were delighted to host our 13th. It was amazing to have so many logistics experts in the room and to see lots of familiar faces, but also to meet many new ones, making this our largest conference in the area to date. Thank you to everyone for taking the time out to attend, and of course to all of our guest speakers”.

Woodfines’ Transport Conferences provide an opportunity for those at the heart of logistics to come together and share experiences.  The next Conference will be held on 30th April at IWM Duxford. For further information and to be added to our Transport mailing list, please contact Kerry Ransby.

What delegates said about the conference:

“Attending another Woodfines Transport Conference at Cranfield University, once again Mike Hayward  and his colleagues has organised an amazing event with an extremely relevant content to the logistics industry, we are really happy to be here”.

 “Brilliant day at the Woodfines Solicitors Transport Conference. Thank you to Mike Hayward and the team at Woodfines for another brilliant event.”

 “I recently attended the Woodfines Autumn Transport Conference organised by Mike Hayward and his team. Really informative and thought-provoking agenda. If you are a Transport Operator or Manager this is a ‘must-attend’ event.”

 “Thank you Mike for yet another great conference and how professional it was by all of your team and yourself. Brilliant, concise and a great day to gain more knowledge of our Industry.”









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