Woodfines Transport Conference motors into Milton Keynes

Road Transport Law Conference, Woodfines Solicitors, Sept 2014

We held our annual transport conference for the Milton Keynes area at the impressive MK Dons Arena on 18th September 2014. Our event is focused on compliance and attracted over 60 attendees from the sector, thanks not only to a strong line-up of outside speakers and specialist solicitors from across our transport and crime and regulatory teams, but also a fabulous venue.

Head of our Road Transport Team, Tim Ridyard, kicked off the conference, before handing over to crime and regulatory solicitor Mike Hayward who gave valuable insights into section 172 of the Road Traffic Act, specifically the increase in revised fixed penalties and the issues surrounding driver identity and ‘who is driving your vehicles’.

We were fortunate to have Caroline Hicks, Head of Enforcement Transformation at the DVSA, speak to our audience about the next generation of enforcement and how the remote enforcement system being trialled in the South West will be rolled out nationwide. Caroline also highlighted that the DVSA will be looking at future strategies for OCRS.

Head of our Road Transport team, Tim Ridyard, gave a useful heads-up on operator licencing and the pivotal role of the nominated Transport Manager, as well as the small rise in licence fees.

Es Shepherd, head of member advice at the FTA, explored the issues surrounding the recent (1st October 2014) abolition of the tax disc and removal of the driving licence paper counterpart. Es highlighted that DVLA are working on a ‘view driving record’ facility for individuals and a ‘share my driving record’ facility for companies to use which will be of huge benefit to operators.

One of our employment solicitors, Maria Gallucci, highlighted changing legislation related to drug driving, and suggested that employers may want to consider drink and drug tests to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act.

We were also pleased to have Alastair Kendrick from local accountants MHA MacIntyre Hudson on hand to give a short presentation on Worker Considerations, specifically employer compliance reviews and the introduction of flexible benefit/salary sacrifice arrangements.

The event was capped off with an informal lunch and the opportunity to network, and see the impressive MK Dons stadium from the 'Cowshed' end - a truly outstanding view!

A big thanks must also go to Dawson Rentals, Mercedes Benz Commercial Vans, and APLE who kindly put their vehicles on show for attendees. 

If you would like more information about the event, or are interested in next year’s event, please get in touch with Tim Ridyard. You can also read a full report of the conference on the Fleet Manager website.