02.02.16

Department for Transport Minister to Speak at Microlise Transport Conference

Andrew-Jones-2-22Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Andrew Jones MP, responsible for making sure goods are safely moved around the UK and beyond, is expected to speak at the Microlise Transport Conference in May.

Mr Jones, who was recently ranked sixth in Motor Transport’s Top 20 Power Players list, has been in the ministerial position since May 2015 and has been deeply engaged in the key issues affecting the industry during that time.

One year since taking on the role, Mr Jones will mark his anniversary by addressing what is now the largest road transport conference in Europe, being held at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

“We’ve made excellent progress in helping to deal with the big challenges facing the industry and I look forward to briefing transport operators, manufacturers and stakeholders on what has been achieved and our plans,” said Mr Jones.

In recent years, the Microlise Transport Conference has become one of the most important diary dates for transport industry professionals, attracting more than a thousand delegates in 2015.

The conference includes a full day’s programme and is supported by focused workshops and a 3,500 square metre industry exhibition area. The programme will once again be chaired by Quentin Willson, one of Britain’s best-known motoring authorities, and will feature speakers from across the industry, including transport operators, industry bodies, government and other key stakeholders.

“We knew that with the growing scale of the conference it would be vital to have a representative from Westminster at this year’s event. We recognise the progress Mr Jones and his colleagues are making – for example approving the new Trailblazer apprenticeship and supporting the DVSA’s next generation compliance plans. We look forward to hearing from Mr Jones as he marks one year in the job at the Microlise Transport Conference,” said Nadeem Raza, Microlise Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to the conference programme, delegates attending in 2016 will gain access to a series of workshop areas covering a range of topics relevant for transport professionals and an exhibition area a third bigger than last year.

Registration for the event has now opened through the all new conference website, which can be found at www.microliseconference.com. The Microlise Transport Conference is free to attend, with both the available exhibitor and delegate places expected to be taken quickly.

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About Andrew Jones MP
Andrew Jones was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in May 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.

From May 2003 to May 2011 Andrew was a local councillor on Harrogate Borough Council, representing the High Harrogate ward. He was also Cabinet Member for Resources from May 2003 to May 2010.

Since being elected in 2010, Andrew has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary on the health, business and transport teams. He has also chaired the Northern Electrification Taskforce which provided the Secretary of State for Transport with advice on the next steps for electrification of railways in the North of England.

As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones is responsible for the Northern Powerhouse, including Northern and TransPennine Express franchises, the environment, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), connected vehicles, technology and innovation, freight and logistics, national roads and Highways England, bus policy, local transport, including roads, local majors, and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, city growth deals, smart ticketing and road safety.

About Microlise
Microlise telematics and proof of delivery solutions help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.

A privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. Microlise helps its customers to save more than £175m each year in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes.

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