Programme Overview


Traffic Commissioners have made clear that their expectations that Transport Managers and operator licence holders maintain continuous learning has not reduced during the coronavirus outbreak, and that online and virtual events are an effective way of doing this under the circumstances. Regular attendance at Logistics UK’s Transport Manager seminars have long been recognised by Traffic Commissioners as an effective way of keeping knowledge up to date. Our 2020 programme below will help you achieve this:


8:30 - 9:30 Exhibition zone and networking lounge open 


9:30 - 9:40 Chair's welcome and introduction

An introduction from Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK


9:40 - 9:50 Transport Manager Calendar - setting the scene

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

An essential legislative round up and technical update highlighting the main topics on the horizon that you need to be aware of in order to ensure the safety, compliance and efficiency of your organisation.


9:50 - 10:35 A View from the Traffic Commissioner

Tim Blackmore OBE, Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England

An opportunity for delegates to hear from our keynote speaker, the Senior Traffic Commissioner. How has coronavirus affected compliance in the industry and what have Commissioners done to ensure regulation of the industry has continued.  Learn about Commissioners' priorities for the year ahead and ensure you avoid non-compliance.


10:35 - 10:45 Q&A with the Traffic Commissioner 


10:45 - 10:55 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge 


10:55 - 11:40 Compliance Update

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK

An overview of DVSA's testing and enforcement activities, including their new maintenance investigation process and proposed changes for the future. 


11:40 - 11:45 Q&A with Phil Lloyd and James Firth 


11:45 - 11:55 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge 


11:55 - 12:30 Urban Restrictions

Natalie Chapman, Head of South of England and Urban Policy

Following lobbying by Logistics UK during the COVID crisis, the start dates for Clean Air Zones and the London Direct Vision Standard have been delayed. Find out the latest plans and timetables and how to comply.


12:30 - 12:35 Q&A with Natalie Chapman


12:35 - 12:45  Visit Logistics UK stand in the exhibition hall to view video focussed on Scotland urban restrictions. Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge 


12:45 - 13:00 Direct Vision Standard

Emily Hardy, UK Marketing Manager, Brigade Electronics  

Safety permit requirements, the limitations of Direct Vision alone and common misconceptions in the industry.


13:00 - 13:05 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge


13:05 - 13:30 Reality Check - Drivers' Hours

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

Changes to EU drivers hours rules will come into force after the summer.  What are the new rules and... remind me the old rules? 


13:30 - 14:00 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge and lunch break 


14:00 - 14:20 Load Security

Nina Day, Policy Advisor, Transport & Public Services Unit, HSE

Ensuring loads and load compartment are safe and secure, for TM's this could be a worry - do your drivers understand their responsibilities? 


14:20 - 14:25 Q&A with Nina Day


14:25 - 14:35 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge


14:35 - 15:05 Focussing on the wellbeing of your driving team

Andy Neale, General Manager at RED DRM & RED Wellbeing

With growing pressures on commercial drivers, it is important to understand that how we feel directly affects our performance and decision making, whether as a result of us being stressed, under pressure or even fatigued. This session will explain this basic physiology, actually demonstrate live how our heart really does rule our head and then explain how we can simply regain control to be able to ‘perform on demand.’ An interactive and fun presentation with relevance to every human being and in particular, drivers.


15:05 - 15:15 Q&A with Andy Neale


15:15 - 15:25 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge


15:25 - 15:45 Practical domestic preparations for EU exit

Heidi Skinner, Policy and Public Affairs Manager

On 31 January the UK formally left the European Union.  On the 1st of January 2021 the transition period comes to an end.  Logistics UK’s Heidi Skinner is going to look at the potential impacts on domestic operations.


15:45 - 15:55 Q&A with Heidi Skinner


15:55 - 16:05 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge


16:05 - 16:25 The impact of COVID-19 on the industry

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

Coronavirus brought the coutry to a standstill, but the logistics industry kept on delivering. How did the industry cope? What did we learn for the future, and how might the industry change as a result? 


16:25 - 16:30 Q&A with James Firth 


16:30 - 16:35 Chair's Close


16:45 - 17:00 Visit the Exhibition Hall and Networking Lounge