As well as the minister, we have assembled some of the most influential figures in Britain's fleet industry to speak at the event, called Facing the Future, which takes place at the Hilton London Metropole, on November 6.
Professor David Begg, chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, will join Robin Woolcock, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, while Malcolm Harbour, MEP and non-executive director of the International Car Distribution Programme, will speak in a link from Brussels.
Other speakers include Jonathan Murray, director of Government-funded environmental programme TransportEnergy, John Lewis, director-general of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, and Rick Yarrow, director of Eurocarprice.
Residual value experts Ramesh Notra, chief economist of CAP, and Adrian Rushmore, managing editor of Glass's Information Services, complete the line-up to give their views of the outlook for residual values.
Each speaker will tackle an issue of major importance to fleet executives, before Vine chairs a question-and- answer session and debate of the subjects.
Topics open for debate will include Government transport policy and its future impact on fleet, leasing and rental companies. Future fuel developments and the optimum environmental engine technology in the run-up to fuel cell cars will also come under the spotlight, along with the fundamental impact the changes to Block Exemption will have on the fleet market.
Following the event, the evening will see the launch of the FN50, Fleet News' annual analysis of Britain's contract hire industry, at a gala dinner at the Café Royal in Regent Street.
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