Conference Programme

The programme below will be updated as more speakers are added to the line-up so please check back regularly.

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Keynote speech

Speaker: TBC 

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Session One - Thinking ahead

How is the freight and logistics sector adapting to future city requirements? What technology is being developed today for urban deliveries of the future? We hear from a number of collaborative projects taking place across UK cities to test the latest innovation in real-life delivery environments.

Topics to include:

  • Virtual loading bays -  these can be used by local authorities to encourage low-emission vehicle use and off-peak deliveries, while operators benefit from being able to park in restricted areas without incurring costly PCNs.
  • Crowd-sourced deliveries for the last mile
  • Department for Transport Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial - we hear how the first wave of projects is shaping up from scheme coordinator TRL and take a look at some of the most exciting technology being tested by operators.
  • Audience participation is welcome, with key questions put to our panel of experts

Q&A

Speaker
Neil Herron
Founder and CEO
Grid Smarter Cities
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Networking / Coffee break
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Session Two - LoCITY annual progress review

Transport for London will update delegates on the latest air quality strategies in the capital, and show the progress made across its LoCITY working groups in helping the freight sector transition to ultra-low-emission commercial vehicles.

Speakers: TBC

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Lunch
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Session Three - The big debate: What makes the ultimate city delivery vehicle?

A leading panel of operators and manufacturers debates the essential attributes of the perfect city distribution vehicle, the technology under development, and market viability.

Topics to include:

  • Direct Vision Standard
  • Mass market availability and affordability
  • Emissions and fuel choice
  • Latest safety equipment 
  • Autonomous capabilities 
  • Brexit impact on vehicle design
  • Role of the driver

Full speaker line-up to be announced

Speaker
James Hookham
Deputy Chief Executive
Freight Transport Association
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Networking / Coffee break
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Session Four - Policing the city

This session will bring together the key vehicle enforcement agencies, industry bodies and transport lawyers to tackle the key compliance issues facing operators in urban areas.

Topics to include:

  • Catching the cowboys - is enough being done to penalise rogue operators and level the playing field for those investing in their fleets to ensure compliance with the growing number of city regulations?
  • Counter terrorism guidance - 'protect and prevent' your fleet from a hostile HGV incident
  • Could connected vehicle technology hold the key to compliant fleets in cities?

A thought-provoking session aimed at informing delegates about the current state of law enforcement for city operators

Speaker: TBC

Q&A

Closing summary

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