IRTE Conference Countdown
The IRTE Conference
27 September 2018

IRTE Conference 2018 - Programme

08:30 – 08:50 Registration

08:50 – 09:10 Introduction
Will Dalrymple, editor, Transport Engineer magazine

09:10 – 09:45 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.

09:45 – 10:20 Clean air zones: the thin end of a zero-emission vehicle wedge
Steve Carroll, head of transport, Cenex

An update on clean air zones and plans and how vehicles can and will evolve to support them. 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.

10:20 – 11:15 An electric bus for London
Richard Harrington, London engineering director, Go-Ahead
Arthur Whiteside, managing director UK sales, Alexander Dennis
Frank Thorpe, country manager, BYD

An innovative collaboration between bus operator Go-Ahead, manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited and bus and battery manufacturer BYD led to one of the first fleets of full-electric buses outside of China. The team members reflect on the engineering issues encountered during the design and implementation stages, and how they were solved.

11:15 – 11:45 COFFEE BREAK

11:45 – 12:30 Bus retrofits
Lars Tinggaard Johannesen, product manager, Amminex Emissions Technology
Andy Brooks, business development manager, Millbrook

Older trucks that fall foul of new emissions requirements have a chequered future. Not so buses, thanks to some new technological solutions that promise to bring older fleets into compliance. For example, in London Amminex has been involved with retrofitting the Metroline bus fleet with an emissions aftertreatment system. And Millbrook has recently completed its first bus conversion in the Cummins RePower programme, swapping in a new engine and aftertreatment system into an older bus.

12:30 – 13:05 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.

13:05 – 14:00 LUNCH

Stream 1: Regulatory Stream 2: Technology
14:00 – 14:45 Earned Recognition panel discussion


Dave Rowlands, technical services director, Wincanton
Ian Luckett, Director, Lucketts Travel
Awaiting speaker, r2c Online
Awaiting speaker, FTA

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. A panel including operators, an auditor and IT supplier discuss the ins and outs, benefits and drawbacks with each other, and the audience

14:00 – 14:45 Predictive maintenance seminar

Awaiting speaker, Scania


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.

14:45 – 15:30 Experiences as the new Traffic Commissioner of Wales

Nick Jones, Welsh 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.

14:45 – 15:30 Skills panel

John Parry, chairman, irtec steering group (Chair)

Wayne Ellis, engineering training academy assessor, Arriva
Ant Perfect, learning and development manager, Fraikin
Will Black, technician, AM Phillips

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?

15:30 - 15:45 COFFEE BREAK

15:45 – 16:45 Racing trucks in the desert
Henk van Leuven, director, 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.

16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks
Will Dalrymple, editor, Transport Engineer magazine