IRTE Conference 2015

24th Sep 2015

(l-r) Peter Williams from Cummins, Andrew Banks from Ricardo, Stephen Martin from SIG Plc, Phil Roe from DHL, Dr Steve Summerskill from Loughborough Design School, Prof David Cebon from the University of Cambridge

The annual IRTE Conference invites some of the biggest names in the business to share their knowledge and experiences, and the theme of this year’s event was Innovation, compliance & safety: the way to efficient fleet operations.

Professor David Cebon HonFSOE HonFIRTE was the keynote speaker, and around 170 delegates attended this year’s event, held on 17 September 2015 at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The 22 industry leaders who spoke included Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England, and Martin Boyes, assistant to the transport manager for McLaren Racing.

Brian Tinham, editorial director for Transport Engineer, introduced the morning talks which included video messages from Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, and Leon Daniels, Surface Transport managing director for Transport for London, who explained the importance of CLOCS and FORS accreditation, with a particular focus on improving safety standards for HGVs.

The CLOCS programme, which has to date accredited over 2,000 operators and 200,000 vehicles, was explored in further detail by Glen Davies, programme manager for Transport for London, who spoke on new standards, mandatory technologies, and contractual processes affecting road transport operators. He also discussed the likely impact this would have on truck manufacturers, dealers, and bodybuilders.

As one of the most successful teams in Formula One history, McLaren Racing, part of the McLaren Technology Group, employs over 600 people and has won 20 World Championships and 182 Grand Prix’s. The company were responsible for the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque, and Martin Boyes was on hand to provide a unique insight into the world of F1 logistics and transport, including truck and trailer designs, engineering and undertaking the equivalent of transporting a city hotel round the world for each race.

In the afternoon, delegates divided into separate in-depth seminars covering legal and compliance issues, and developments in new vehicle technology. The day was rounded off by James Backhouse from leading transport solicitors Backhouse Jones, who explored the topic of accident management, and implications for commercial vehicle operators of the changing legal landscape.

More about each speaker and the day's programme can be found at

An album of the conference can also be found here.

Keynote speaker Prof David Cebon from the University of Cambridge who spoke about emerging and future technologies

Kevin Green from Continental speaking about modern tachographs and associated software and services

Stephen Martin from SIG Plc who spoke on innovations in truck designs and configurations

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