08.01.18

One of the Most Powerful People in Transport to Speak at Microlise Transport Conference

Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt will outline progress in targeting seriously and serially uncompliant transport operators at the Microlise Transport Conference next year (16th May 2018).

One of the most powerful individuals in UK transport, Turfitt took over from Beverley Bell in the spring and is now responsible for the licensing and regulation of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches.

He was previously the Traffic Commissioner for the East of England and before that worked for the Health & Safety Executive as a prosecutor for more than 10 years, heading the Litigation and Enforcement Advisory Team.

“By the time of the conference I will have been Senior Traffic Commissioner for a year and in a position to update the industry on the continuing work we are doing to reform processes and support compliant, responsible operators and drivers. I’ll also outline how we are targeting those who flaunt the rules and how we are making our roads a safer place for everyone,” said Turfitt.

The Microlise Transport Conference last year attracted more than 1,200 transport professionals making it the largest road transport conference in Europe.

The free-to-attend conference, which will again take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry, includes a full day’s programme supported by focused workshops, a sizable exhibition area and an all new innovation zone.

“When the traffic commissioners speak, everyone listens. They play an important role in the safety and continued prosperity of our industry,” said Bob Harbey, Microlise Executive Director. “We are pleased that Richard accepted our invitation to update the industry as he completes the first year of his tenure in one of the most important jobs in transport.”

Past conference speakers include some of the industry’s most distinguished influencers including HRH The Princess Royal, operators such as Eddie Stobart and Maritime Transport, the DVSA and Transport for London. Almost all of Europe’s main HGV manufacturers have also been represented.

Alongside the conference, the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards will again celebrate the UK’s most talented HGV drivers, both through analysis of more than 180,000 drivers’ telematics data, and via industry nominated categories. These include HGV Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Extra Mile, Most Improved and Young Driver of the Year.

Registration for event has opened through the conference website, which can be found at www.microliseconference.com. Nominate a driver for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards at www.microliseconference.com/awards.

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About Richard Turfitt
Richard Turfitt is a barrister and took up his appointment as Traffic Commissioner for the Eastern Traffic Area on 1st May 2008.  Richard has also taken up the role of Senior Traffic Commissioner from 1st June 2017.  He was the author of the first Statutory Guidance and Statutory Directions.

Richard has extensive experience of both regulatory regimes and criminal offences.  Richard helped to found the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and is a serving Justice of the Peace.

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 £210m each year in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes.

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