FTA’s Transport Manager conference series, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres, will be back in autumn 2019 at 11 venues around the UK. The conferences, now in their 18th year, will highlight key issues for anyone involved with running vehicle fleets, providing professional advice and helping them remain compliant and up to speed on the latest legislative developments.

FTA Transport Manager 2018 broke all previous attendance records, with over 1,500 delegates in attendance for the first time in the event’s history. Several new venues have been chosen for this year’s series, including the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club, to provide an even better experience.

This year’s conferences will give delegates the chance to hear from a range of senior industry figures and policy makers, and the association’s experts will be on hand throughout the day to advise on legislation and compliance issues. Topics to be covered by the event’s knowledgeable speakers will include urban restrictions, brake testing, a round-up of all the relevant transport legislation for the coming year and much more, and there will be the return of the highly popular interactive quiz.

James Firth, FTA’s Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, said: “These popular conferences enable busy transport managers to stay up-to-date with ever-changing legislation and best practice advice. Compliance is vital in the logistics industry and the Transport Manager conferences provide operators with peace of mind that they are equipped with all the information they need, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear from senior figures in the industry and have their questions answered.”

Terry Salter, Bridgestone’s North Region Truck & Bus Product Manager, said: “Bridgestone is proud to sponsor the FTA’s Transport Manager conferences, with each event allowing us to share our ground-breaking commercial products and services with the perfect audience.

“The conferences provide an invaluable insight into many of the burning issues facing the industry and the broad range of topics they will touch upon shares so much in common with our business as a whole. From our perspective at Bridgestone, issues including road safety and reducing downtime for fleets are of critical importance and we are sure they’ll be high on the agenda throughout. We are excited at this prospect and being able to outline our own solutions thereafter.”

Prices for attendance have once again been held at last year’s rates. For FTA members the cost is £295 plus VAT for the first delegate and £265 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; for non-FTA members £395 plus VAT for the first delegate and £365 plus VAT for subsequent delegates. This price includes access to all the exclusive conference sessions, a full package of refreshments throughout the day and a take-home bag packed with useful information.

Transport Manager, which is also sponsored by Schmitz Cargobull and Brigade Electronics, will be touring the UK from September to November 2019:

26 September – Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil

8 October – East of England Showground, Peterborough

10 October – Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, Newcastle

17 October – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

31 October – London Heathrow Marriott

5 November – Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton

7 November – Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

12 November – Macdonald Inchrya, Falkirk

19 November – Doncaster Racecourse

26 November – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

28 November – St Pierre Marriott, Chepstow