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5-6 October 2021 | NEC Birmingham

2021 Agenda Topics

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Driver training and risk management: Creating a post-Covid cohesive plan

An essential best practice session on driver training looking at risk assessments, the role of online learning, driver passports and the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. How has technology changed the way fleets can approach driver training? (cabin cameras, telematics, simulators and VR).

 

Beyond telematics: user experiences

It’s one thing having telematics systems embedded in your business, but how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of them? This session will look at how fleets can pull together all types of vehicle management data, how to make sure the full suite of capabilities are being used to their fullest potential and how fleets can use this to better manage mobility in the future.

 

Optimisation and utilisation: Managing downtime, embracing uptime

The best way to run an efficient fleet is evolving, with careful route optimisation, high vehicle utilisation and access to actionable data all essential tools to be leveraged. An expert case study from a fleet will explore the challenges to keeping vehicles on the road brought by COVID-19, as well as how preventative maintenance can transform a fleet’s vehicle uptime.

 

Driver and staff recruitment and retention

Attracting professional drivers, training them and keeping them is a challenge for all fleets in the UK. Industry experts share their best practice tips on driver recruitment, the current challenges facing the industry as a result of Brexit, as well as the progress being made to make the profession more diverse and inclusive.  

Future energy needs for your electric fleet

This session will look at the future energy scenarios and the national and local network infrastructure needed to power the latest electric fleets. Key experts from distribution network operators (DNOs) and the National Grid will set the scene on the UK’s current energy plans to cope with mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and what fleets should be thinking about for future energy planning.

 

Managing a safe and efficient road network

A holistic view of the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure, smart motorways, congestion, road safety and the key objectives from the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2). Highways England will provide an overview of where the biggest impacts will be seen from the £27.4 billion to be spent over the next four years. 

 

Transport decarbonisation policy: what does it mean for fleets?

An in depth look at how the policies suggested in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transport Decarbonisation Plan will impact fleets. This will provide the direction of travel for charging infrastructure plans, new subsidies, as well as hydrogen investment for HGVs.

 

The future of tax and incentives

The switch to electric vehicles will leave a hole in Government coffers so there will have to be a change in strategy. Tax experts will help break down the latest on benefit-in-kind company car tax, what support is available through super deduction tax breaks, as well as savings to be made through plug-in vehicle incentives, VAT and reimbursements and the potential changes coming down the road with road charging.

Salary sacrifice back to basics

Is salary sacrifice right for your employees? What are the pitfalls of implementing a scheme like this and what’s the best way to approach it? Why have some companies been burnt by salary sacrifice in the past and why should it be considered as an option? This session will provide an overview of introducing a salary sacrifice scheme for your employees and why it can still make sense for businesses with a market overview from a benefits expert.

 

Flexible benefits in a post-pandemic UK

Covid-19 saw the fleet and mobility industry change and adapt to many challenges. How can you make sure you are offering a flexible benefits package that can more easily account for the changing world of work? An HR professional gives an in-depth presentation about how they adapted their mobility and travel benefit policies during the pandemic and flexed their offerings to account for changing work patterns and changes in circumstances.

Managing drivers and staff: the changing role of the fleet decision-maker

Mental health problems have been exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic both from staff feeling isolated working from home but also fears about the disease itself. Fleet managers need to make sure they have the ability to offer the right kind of 1-2-1 support and make sure driver wellbeing forms an integral part of their driver policy.

 

How to implement an eMobility strategy

The electric future is here, and fleets are either adding their first EVs or steadily increasing the number of plug-in vehicles that are already available on choice lists. This best practice clinic will give a grounding on how best to identify how to transition a vehicle fleet to EV, what to expect with how it may impact operations and all the infrastructure and data insights that can help make a success of the switch.

 

Making the business case for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles aren’t quite at price parity with petrol or diesel equivalents, but a compelling business case can be made when looking at total cost of ownership (TCO). An expert that has already made significant progress with transitioning their fleet to electric will explain how they made the costs stack up for investing in EVs and how this was presented to directors before getting the green light to switch.

 

Establishing a robust EV workplace charging infrastructure

Fleets are faced with making the right choices for their current electric vehicle charging needs, but also preparing for expansion in the future. This best practice clinic will offer guidance on understanding a fleet’s charging infrastructure requirements at work and depots, including AC, DC charger investment, preparing for groundworks/upgrades and how taking the right steps to manage charging correctly can help minimise costs.

Mobility as a solution: a new strategy for getting people from A to B

How is the fleet manager’s role continuing to change to encompass all mobility, beyond cars and vans? This session will look at how some of the most forward thinking companies are approaching mobility credits, classifying essential and non-essential travel, adapting to a hybrid way of working with more working from home and creating mobility packages to best suit company operations, as well as employees’ needs.

 

Alternative fuels: a long-term view for vans and trucks

A roadmap of the UK’s alternative fuel infrastructure to help the logistics sector transition to zero emissions. Hydrogen and biomethane technologies could be the answer to help companies switch away from diesel, but the costs are high and the infrastructure is lagging behind. What are the current developments for 5GW of hydrogen capacity before 2030, when can the industry expect price parity for alternative trucks and will the UK’s hydrogen strategy deliver results in its current form?

 

Autonomy and autonomous technology

The Government has confirmed it will legalise the use of “self-driving” driver assistance systems before the end of 2021. It’s another step forward with this potentially transformative technology, but what do the changes to autonomous lane-keeping systems (ALKS) rules mean for fleets today and what is the path forward as new technologies continue to race ahead of legislation?

 

How connected cars can benefit your fleet

Cars can already talk to traffic lights and smartly manage how they’re charged when plugged in. There is a host of new connected technologies available to best manage fleets and this session will help break down the potential benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-everything and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies and what’s coming next.

Salary sacrifice back to basics

Is salary sacrifice right for your employees? What are the pitfalls of implementing a scheme like this and what’s the best way to approach it? Why have some companies been burnt by salary sacrifice in the past and why should it be considered as an option? This session will provide an overview of introducing a salary sacrifice scheme for your employees and why it can still make sense for businesses with a market overview from a benefits expert.

 

Mobility allowances and the future of benefits

A leading company in the UK gives an overview of its project working to introduce a flexible mobility allowance for employees that are no longer taking part in the company car scheme or as an alternative to taking cash. This session will set out the challenges on cost due to the UK’s travel infrastructure, but how those companies focusing on sustainability will make the transition to mobility allowances in the coming years. 

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