FTA to host transport manager seminars

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The Freight Transport Association is hosting a series of 12 seminars aimed at helping transport managers deal with upcoming transport legislation changes.

The industry body says that the transport industry is facing “fundamental changes” to the way vehicle testing is delivered and how transport legislation is enforced at the roadside.

The seminars, which are being held in association with commercial vehicle manufacturer Iveco, will take place in various locations across the UK between September and December of this year.
The FTA says the seminars will focus on “smart” ways for transport operators to manage costs, and will feature:

*Vehicle and Operator Services Agency plans for testing transformation and enforcement targeted at the least compliant.

*Legal experts Backhouse Jones reviewing the changing role of the transport manager in ensuring safe operating practices.

*Health and Safety Executive discussing developments in duty of care responsibilities.

*A police representative discussing effective drink and drugs policies within the workplace.
FTA chief economist Simon Chapman, said: “The industry is under intense pressure from cost unpredictability, falling levels of activity as a result of the recession and a constant stream of new legislation and compliance practices. 

“Transport Manager 2009 is intended to alleviate these headaches by ensuring that operators are well equipped to make business decisions about 2010 and that they do not take their eye off the ball when it comes to operating safely and within the law.”

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