FTA Fleet Engineer seminars 2009 Mon Aug 03 14:36:00 BST 2009

"On top of day-to-day challenges that fleet engineers face, the industry is on the brink of a series of major changes in the way compliance standards are tested and emissions are reduced through engine technology. Plans by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to overhaul testing facilities have the potential to yield important efficiency benefits for operators. However, these benefits cannot be banked. Hearing direct from VOSA what the changes are and how they will affect individual operations will be a key theme of the day"

Andy Mair, FTA’s Head of Engineering Policy

During the autumn the Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be running two Fleet Engineer seminars aimed specifically at individuals with responsibility for specifying vehicles, ensuring roadworthiness compliance and maintaining vehicles so that downtime is minimised.

The events will be held on Thursday 1 October at the Park Royal Hotel, Warrington, and on Tuesday 1 December at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot. Both seminars will be chaired by Tim Blakemore, Editor of Transport Engineer magazine.

Pressure on costs as a result of the recession means that vehicle reliability and availability is a high priority for operators. At the same time, there is no margin for error in vehicle specification decisions. Any decision made needs to have a positive impact on fuel efficiency, vehicle operational flexibility and overall maintenance costs. The seminars provide an up-to-date view on how operators can take advantage of developments in vehicle design and fuel technology to support wider business efficiency and cost reduction goals.

Wheel loss remains an on-going issue for operators. The seminars will provide a platform for the launch of a new guide to preventing wheel loss by FTA and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. New vehicle safety features driven by legislation from Brussels are available by manufacturers as options ahead of their fitment being mandatory in the future. These include vehicle conspicuity markings, automatic lane departure warning and early adoption of whole vehicle type approval. The seminars provide guidance on which features operators should specify into vehicles now, and which can be deferred until fitment becomes mandatory.

Andy Mair, FTA’s Head of Engineering Policy, said:

“On top of day-to-day challenges that fleet engineers face, the industry is on the brink of a series of major changes in the way compliance standards are tested and emissions are reduced through engine technology. Plans by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to overhaul testing facilities have the potential to yield important efficiency benefits for operators. However, these benefits cannot be banked. Hearing direct from VOSA what the changes are and how they will affect individual operations will be a key theme of the day.

“Now that the European Commission has set new ultra-low Euro 6 tailpipe emission standards, the real work begins. Operators need to know what the fuel efficiency impact will be and how maintenance schedules will be affected. The best insight into these questions comes from the vehicle manufacturers themselves. The presence of Iveco Trucks at the seminars is therefore particularly valuable.”

Registration for FTA members is £315 plus VAT for the first delegate and £265 plus VAT for subsequent delegates. For non-members the events cost £375 plus VAT for the first delegate and £335 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

Places can be reserved by calling FTA’s Member service centre on 08717 11 22 22 or online at http://www.fta.co.uk/services/conferences-and-events/2009/fleet-engineer/

Notes to editors

1. Full details of the programme are available from Tracy Tingley, Seminar Manager dtel: 01892 552337, email: ttingley@fta.co.uk

2. A limited number of free press place are available at each event. For further information contact jlangridge@fta.co.uk

 

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