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The IRTE Conference
28 September 2017

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
Will Dalrymple, editor, Transport Engineer

8.40-9.10 Introduction from the IRTE
Howard Seymour, president and honorary secretary, SOE
Beverley Bell, patron, SOE

9.10-9.40 Keynote: Engineering challenges posed by 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
Steve Carroll, head of transport, Cenex
James Westcott, CCO, Gasrec
Brian Robinson, programme manager (commercial vehicles), Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

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
John Hix, director, FORS
Vicky Sims, project manager, Transport for London
Sharon Mitchell, manager of standards, audit and accreditation, Freight Transport Association

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

Allan Eyre, fleet manager, Calor Gas
Eddie Cross, head of transport services, London Borough of Redbridge

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
Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands
Andrew Woolfall, director, Backhouse Jones
Allan Campbell, operator licensing consultant, Road Transport Solutions
David Ashford, director, transport and compliance manager, KBC Logistics
James Backhouse, director, Backhouse Jones

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 A masterclass in compliance from a Traffic Commissioner: Mistakes operators make and how to avoid them

Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands

The Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands examines how operators' levels of compliance can suffer through poor recordkeeping. He offers examples of problems that he has encountered in vehicle inspection sheets and truck engineering documentation; outlines the performance standards that he is looking for; and provides examples of best practice. His presentation also offers an extended Q&A session.

14.00 – 14.40 Transformational telematics

Matthew Hague, executive director - product strategy, Microlise
Tony Owen, transport solutions manager, Renault Trucks UK

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

Lloyd Mason, engineering development manager, Arriva
John Keogh, truck dealer principal, Rygor
Satnam Cheema, group engineering director, Tower Transit Group

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 from the DVSA, including Earned Recognition update

Gordon MacDonald, head of enforcement policy, DVSA

It's a time of change at the DVSA. In addition to carrying out 674,000 HGV tests, and making 223,000 roadside and 4 million tachograph record checks during the year to March 2017, the organisation has restructured, and has published a five-year strategy that focuses on more enforcement of dangerous vehicles and drivers, as well as enhanced MOT tests. It said in March that its early priorities for the first year include: implementing the outcome of the public consultation on potential changes to the practical driving test; enhancing the MOT process to give customers better information; and targeting non-compliant and dangerous commercial drivers and operators.

14.45 – 15.25 Low carbon HGV accreditation

Steve Carroll, head of transport, Cenex
Brian Robinson, programme manager (commercial vehicles), Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Becki Kite, environment policy manager, Freight Transport Association

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

Nicholas Sandbrook, Research and Development Manager, JOST UK
David Thomson, director, Fruehauf


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
Andrew Woolfall, director, Backhouse Jones solicitors

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

15.50 – 16.30 Advanced safety systems

Ross Paterson, head of sales engineering and technical support, Mercedes-Benz UK
Steve Smith, BrakeSafe Manager, Vision Techniques UK
Bernd John, Product Development Manager, Brigade Electronics

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
John Comer, Product Marketing Manager, Volvo
Phil Moon, Marketing Manager, DAF
Martin Flach, Technical Director, Iveco
Richard Owens, Group Marketing Manager, Don-Bur

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