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The IRTE Conference
27 September 2018

IRTE Conference 2018 - Programme

The full conference programme will be announced in early summer. Here is a list of some of the sessions you can expect at the IRTE Conference 2018.

Delivering an environmentally-friendly delivery fleet
Peter Harris, director of sustainability, UPS

Harris reviews the experiences of UPS in making environmental imperatives work in practice, ranging from the new-build challenges of electric vehicles to biomethane long-haul vehicles to advances in efficiency from route optimisation and asset sharing.

Experiences as the new Traffic Commissioner of Wales
Nick Jones, Wales Traffic Commissioner

In late 2016, Jones became the first full-time Traffic Commissioner for Wales, following a part-time brief in the West Midlands. He reflects on the reasons for the new post and his experiences to date, including cultural differences, differing priorities and lessons learned. Having developed many of the formal Traffic Commissioner codes, he will also touch on standards of professional driver conduct.

Racing trucks in the desert
Henk van Leuven, director of Team Petronas De Rooy IVECO, 2018 winners of the Africa Eco race

van Leuven discusses the design and engineering of rally trucks for a gruelling 12-stage, off-road 6,500-km race. This covers not only their design and construction before the race (including engine/driveline spec and component specification), but also engineering the trucks in mobile workshops during the race itself.

Clean air zones: the thin end of a zero-emission vehicle wedge
Steve Carroll, head of transport, Cenex

Having had a contested birth, the product of environmental litigation, clean air zones that are now planned for many urban centres around the UK will continue to challenge operators of LGVs, PSVs and municipal fleets. Most clean air zones are expected to initially require vehicles to be powered by modern Euro VI engines, to avoid a per-day penalty fee. The imposition of clean air zones will affect vehicle technology deployment in the short- and long-term, particularly in the mid-2020s as requirements ramp up towards zero-emission vehicles.

Rehabilitating the image of lean-burn gas engines
Andrew Noble, head of commercial vehicle, off-highway, defence and industrial market sector, Ricardo Global Automotive (EMEA)

A four-year, Eur 20 million collaborative R&D project wound up earlier this year to verify that natural gas-fuelled engines on test beds are able to meet Euro VI emission standards, while still reducing CO2 emissions by 10% compared to a 2013 engine model. These results demonstrate the fine prospects that gas engines offer commercial vehicles for some duty cases.

Earned Recognition panel discussion
The pilot phase of DVSA’s data-instead-of-roadside-inspections programme ended in April, with a few hauliers taking part. But much of the industry still remains to be convinced that the scheme is worth the effort. We discuss the ins and outs, benefits and drawbacks.

Skills development, now and in future: discussion
Technology has become a key sales proposition for truck manufacturers, and there is no end of third-party assistance, in the form of telematics and aftermarket products. How can operators ensure that their technicians keep up with the times, and have the knowledge that they need?
Chair: John Parry, chairman of the irtec steering group

Predictive maintenance seminar
How does predictive maintenance work? OEM representatives explain the detail behind new systems of maintenance management that promise to rearrange servicing around the needs of the truck, rather than according to a generic schedule.