Minister to address transport seminar as big freeze threatens Scotland

Thursday 22 September 2011

Keith Brown MSP, Transport Minister, will be speaking at a Freight Transport Association seminar for transport managers which will take place on Tuesday 1 November at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel, in Dunblane.

Mr Brown will address delegates on a range of issues affecting transport operators in Scotland, particularly severe winter weather and what can be done to prevent a repeat of last winter’s transport disruption, and what the transport industry itself can do to help keep things moving; and on winter road safety matters generally, including the subject of winter tyres. The minister will also talk about future transport infrastructure investment in Scotland, including plans for the new Forth Crossing.

Chris MacRae, FTA’s Head of Policy for Scotland and seminar chairman said:

“This is a must-attend event for anyone running a transport fleet in Scotland, especially at this time of the year with preparation for winter in mind and an early freeze already being forecast. The event will arm Scottish transport managers with everything they need to prepare themselves for the coming 12 months.”

FTA’s Transport Manager seminars, supported by leading tyre manufacturer Goodyear and one of the world’s leading energy providers Shell, arms transport managers with the tools they need to meet the challenges of an increasingly pressured environment in which their role is often changing.

The seminar series, which kicked off last week and tours the UK until the end of November, has already received ringing endorsements from attendees, with 98 per cent of those surveyed saying they would definitely attend again.

Key sessions at Transport Manager 2011 include:

  • Changes to Operator Licensing, CPC and the role of transport managers in 2012
  • Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) test centre closures and Authorised Testing Facilities
  • Cutting costs, cutting fuel, cutting carbon
  • Who wants to be a transport manager? – interactive learning session
  • Extreme weather - are you prepared for winter 2011?
  • Agency Worker Directive explained
  • Key transport developments expected in 2012

Attendance is open to FTA members at £325 plus VAT for the first delegate and £275 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; and to non-members at £385 plus VAT for the first delegate and £345 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

Notes for editors

Venues and dates for FTA Transport Manager 2011:

Wednesday 14 September - Chatham
Wednesday 21 September - Chepstow
Wednesday 28 September - Warrington
Wednesday 5 October - Bradford
Tuesday 11 October - Belfast*
Wednesday 19 October - Cambridge
Wednesday 26 October - Durham
Tuesday 1 November - Dunblane
Wednesday 9 November - Sheffield
Wednesday 16 November - Birmingham
Wednesday 23 November - Yeovil
Wednesday 30 November - Ascot

*Different programme and price applies to the Belfast event.


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