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Fleet Engineer 2024 - special report

Over 150 delegates attended this year’s Fleet Engineer event for a full day of presentations from industry experts, manufacturers and government agencies in addition to the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the sector.

The day focussed on how the maintenance environment is evolving and what steps operators can take now to prepare for the future of highly technical and alternatively fuelled vehicles.  

The workshop is changing and the staff that work in them will need to adapt as well. This theme was developed by a number of speakers and the advice is that fleet engineers need to start their training journey now. The phasing out of ICE vehicles is already starting and engineers need appropriate training that is supported in the working environment to ensure they are up-skilled and understand how to work safely to keep fleets running. 

"Keeping up to date with the developments of modern vehicle technology is becoming increasingly challenging for commercial vehicle engineers," says Phil Lloyd, Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, "and there is more to come as technology continues to advance at a rapid rate.” 

Health and Safety is literally a matter of life and death and organisations need to create a culture where it is taken seriously with board level involvement. That was the message that came through loud and clear from Partners at law firm Weightmans, Chris Powell and Elliott Kenton.

"Once again, preparation is key and organisations need to ensure all staff are properly trained and working environments safe," continues Lloyd. "The maximum sentence for a serious health and safety breach is life imprisonment so organisations need to prepare for the worst and stress test procedures to see how they perform should serious incidents occur." 

The skills challenge facing the sector was also addressed and Logistics UK, President, Phil Roe gave a rousing presentation championing the work of awareness campaign Generation Logistics.

The programme has been targeting the next generation of logistics talent through social media and tailored educational resources and has already generated an 140% increase in those giving a positive score for the appeal of a logistics career. Phil Roe called for the whole industry to unite behind the campaign and organisations looking to get involved can contact the Generation Logistics team here:  

"Logistics UK’s Fleet Engineer event is designed to provide operators and their maintenance providers with all the information they need to keep modern fleets compliant, as well as sharing insight into the future of vehicle design and autonomous driving.” continues Phil Lloyd. “The event is a must-attend for anyone with responsibility for specifying commercial vehicles, ensuring roadworthiness, compliance and/or maintaining vehicles.” 

Published On: 20/06/2024 14:00:00


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