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Fleet Management in the Sahara

28th Jun 2018

What does it take to run a fleet in a desert?

IVECO Truck Sahara

Think your fleet works hard, grinding out the miles on UK tarmac? Try the Sahara desert, where the next stop is 300 miles away.

Imagine the logistics of operating a truck, car and motorcycle over 4,000 miles of rocky tracks and sand dunes over two weeks. In an environment with no roads and minimal infrastructure, vehicles and people need daily feeding, watering, cleaning and care. Lacking the aid of recovery services, every mechanical problem – ranging from a simple tyre puncture, to more complex problems affecting brakes or steering, for example – has to be resolved from the limited resources of a mobile workshop. And all of this under competitive conditions. Welcome to the Africa Eco Race, which starts at the southern shores of the Mediterranean and terminates in Dakar, Senegal, a desert city famous for the Dakar Rally.

Henk van Leuven, director of the 2018 winners, Team Petronas De Rooy IVECO, serves as guide to the dusty, stressful world of off-road truck rallying. He shares some of the tales from years of experience at this year’s IRTE Conference, 27 September 2018 at the Leicester Marriott hotel.

He is joined by a slew of other commercial vehicle operational experts speaking at the one-day event, including: Peter Harris, UPS’s European director of sustainability; Richard Harrington, Go Ahead London’s engineering director; Ian Luckett, director of coach operator Lucketts, and Dave Rowlands, technical services director at Wincanton.

The event also features afternoon seminars on regulatory matters – which includes a speech by Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones – and a technical session on predictive maintenance and skills development.

All in all, the conference offers a day of discussions about practical commercial vehicle engineering and fleet management issues, plus everything you ever wanted to know about racing trucks in sand.

Register for your attendance now; the early bird rate ends next month.

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