FTA delegates get in-depth view of public inquiry at conference

Friday 05 February 2016

Delegates at next month’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Transport Manager Conference in Belfast will experience a mock public inquiry to provide an insight into the workings of the Transport Regulation Unit.

The inquiry will be led by Donna Knowles from the TRU and will feature representatives from the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA), a solicitor and the former president of the Society of Engineers (SoE).

Seamus Leheny, FTA’s Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “They’ll get an in-depth look at the workings of a public inquiry, from the initial written correspondence through to the actual hearing. The public inquiry will conclude with an explanation of the outcome and best practice advice.

“Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions to better understand the process and, more importantly, to avoid finding themselves or their company in the situation in future.”

The event takes place at Titanic Belfast on 2 March and is sponsored by Brigade Electronics. The keynote speaker is the Minister for Department of Regional Development (DRD) Michelle McIlveen MLA, who will discuss the departments future plans and priorities for roads investment and sustainable transport and how both will affect the commercial transport industry.

Mike Beare, Director of Transformation at the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA), will talk about modernisation plans for the DVA such as new vehicle test centres, with particular emphasis on the new online driver licence system for NI due to go live later this year.

Prices for attending this event have been frozen for the second year running, the cost for FTA members being £265 plus VAT for the first delegate and £225 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; the cost for non-members is £330 plus VAT for the first delegate and £290 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

For full details or to book a place at Transport Manager Northern Ireland call the FTA Member Service Centre on 03717 11 22 22.
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