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The IRTE Conference
27 September 2018

IRTE Conference 2017 - Programme

The agenda for the IRTE Conference 2017, taking place on 28th September, has been announced:

8:00-8:30 Registration

8.30-8.40 Welcome

8.40-9.10 Introduction from the IRTE

9.10-9.40 Keynote: Alternative fuels and the future of logistics
Dr Phil Greening, associate professor and director, The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight

Alternative fuels' popularity in freight transport in future depends not only on increasingly strict environmental imperatives but also on how journeys are likely to change as the practice of logistics evolves. The spread of the internet of things and the increasing role of data will alter the way freight is moved around the country, and change the trucks that carry them. Dr Phil Greening proposes a few of the engineering challenges facing us in the future of freight.

9.45—10.15 Alternative fuels: the move from niche to mainstream

With Iveco the first to announce a full 400bhp, 1,700Nm torque gas truck, Scania soon to follow suit and Volvo promising its own game-changing dual-fuel technology within months, and we’re looking at the potential for a sea change in gas trucks’ popularity. Add to these this year’s massive ramp-up of biomethane and bioLPG (liquefied petroleum gas) refuelling capacity, as well as the changing economics and capabilities of electric and hybrid power vehicles, and the stage is set for alternative fuels to move from niche to mainstream.

10.15—10.35 Coffee break

10.35—11.10 Euro VII: the real world and its implications for OEMs and operators
Andrew Banks, chief engineer, Engines Product Group, Ricardo UK

With Euro VII now all but certain and a renewed focus not just on long-anticipated CO2 emissions reductions, but also further reducing NOx and particulates, We will examine likely developments ranging from further turbo compounding to waste heat recovery, and from low viscosity oils to even higher injection and chamber pressures – and what they are likely to mean for price, weight, performance, maintenance and duty cycles for fleet engineers.

11.15—11.45 The new world of compliance: Truck Excellence, CLOCS, FORS and safer operations

For nearly 50 years, operators have held their O licences on trust, with compliance assumed until found otherwise. But recent calls for voluntary and even mandatory audits, as well as the spread of CLOCS and FORS are changing the picture of operators’ responsibilities and their trucks, if they want to stay in business.

11.50—12.10 Best of the best fleet engineers

Last year’s winners of the coveted IRTE Fleet Engineer of the Year Award will explain what it takes to turn your operations into top-flight, award-winning and profitable businesses, with efficient, properly spec’d vehicles, backed by world-class inspection and maintenance regimes.

12.15—13.10 Staged Public Inquiry

As incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles continue to make the headlines, with links to lapses in inspection and maintenance regimes, the Traffic Commissioners, Backhouse Jones and IRTE will stage a mock Public Inquiry. Delegates will learn about the formal processes up to and including the court hearing – and hear first-hand about the importance of compliance, including in terms of driver management defect reporting and inspection and maintenance audits.

13.10—14.00 Lunch

Following the plenary conference sessions on the morning of Thursday 28th September, three streams - legal, technology and operations - with three seminars, will be presented concurrently. Delegates will have the choice of three (non time-conflicting) seminars.

Legal Stream Technology Stream Operations Stream
14.00 – 14.40 Traffic Commissioners

The Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain will outline the key strategic objectives of the traffic commissioners and explain how operators can adopt best practice to ensure compliance with their operator licence obligations.

14.00 – 14.40 Transformational telematics

Class leading operators are claiming transformations in fuel efficiency, safety and insurance premiums from their telematics projects – involving everything from driver behaviour monitoring to maintenance forecasting. Delegates will hear how telematics systems, dashcams and additional safety systems designed to improve truck drivers’ abilities to avoid and/or mitigate collisions can be used to drive down total cost of fleet ownership and operations, via reduced incidents, lower fuel and maintenance costs, higher retained vehicle values and reduced insurance costs.

14.00 – 14.40 Irtec technician licensing and Workshop Accreditation update

This session will focus on recent progress of irtec technician licensing and the IRTE’s Workshop Accreditation scheme. Delegates will hear about the recently launched irtec light for LCVs, and irtec’s ongoing development and timeframes, as well as progress with Workshop Accreditation – including the on-the-ground benefits to operators and workshops alike of registration with both schemes.

14.45 – 15.25 Compliance and regulation

Earned recognition update; regional and targeted enforcement measures: London Freight Enforcement Partnership, etc.

14.45 – 15.25 Low carbon HGV accreditation

LowCVP’s (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) Low Carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme is being rolled out this year to encourage uptake of fuel-saving interventions independently verified to work for specific duty cycles and applications. This session will explain the development of what LowCVP’s partners describe as an “accurate, reproducible and representative procedure” for verifying the efficacy of fuel-efficiency interventions on trucks and vans – and how back-to-back tests are validating claimed impacts on fuel consumption and emissions of, for example, low rolling resistance tyres, aerodynamic kits and after-treatment retrofits.

14.45 – 15.25 Tippers, skip loaders and hookloaders

Tipper trailers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, designed for the wide range of industries they serve. But today’s eight-wheelers can be just as innovative. This session will focus on the pros and cons of each – and examine newer options, such as aluminium pressed rib and hollow plank versus steel bodies, walking floors, as well as electro-hydraulic sheeting systems, to establish what works best for different duties.

15.25 – 15.50 Coffee break 15.25 – 15.50 Coffee break 15.25 – 15.50 Coffee break
15.50 – 16.30 Transport law update

The changing legal landscape and its implications for commercial vehicle operators.

15.50 – 16.30 Advanced safety systems

Today’s safety systems are not just about AEBS (autonomous emergency braking systems) and LDWS (lane departure warning systems), which became mandatory on new registrations in November 2015. They’re important, but so are lower cabs, additional near-side windows and the range of add-on technologies – side-scan and birds’ eye camera systems, proximity sensors, etc – that are designed to alert both drivers and vulnerable road users to the potential for collision. This session will provide advice and guidance.

15.50 – 16.30 Changing rigid configurations: making the right selections for your business

If you haven’t specified rigids in the last 12—18 months, it shouldn’t be surprising that what’s available has changed.

*Agenda subject to change


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