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Safety experts set for Double Jeopardy day

A LEADING authority on industry safety will be one of a string of expert speakers at a major new conference.

Saul Jeavons, head of investigations and risk management at the Transport Research Laboratory, will speak at the Fleet News spring conference, entitled Double Jeopardy, which is being held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on May 9.

The event will focus on two areas of vital importance to fleets – corporate risk and financial risk – and cover areas including risk management, accident reduction, opt-out drivers, best practice, a financial overview from HM Revenue & Customs and an in-depth analysis of the impact of the Budget on fleet policies.

Jeavons recently warned on Fleet NewsNet that the number of employees driving for business while uninsured or medically unfit had reached epidemic levels.

In his presentation, he will focus on the potential impact of the Road Death Investigation Manual used by police following a fatal incident, which can have a devastating effect on employers. He will also cover good risk management practices that can help to avoid these difficulties.

Jeavons will be joined by Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, who will be chairing the event and talking about key risk management issues.

Also speaking will be Bill Pownall, motor risk manager, Norwich Union, who will cover the key steps fleet managers need to take to keep staff safe on the road.

Elizabeth Ward, policy advisor, HM Revenue & Customs, will provide an overview of Government tax policy to put future financial risks into focus and Harvey Perkins, a director at KPMG, will focus on issues including the future of cash-for-car schemes.

Sara Cook, fleet manager for BSkyB, will present a personal view of risk management in action and David Faithful, consultant, Lyons Davidson Solicitors, will take a look at the legal issues fleets will have to consider when allowing drivers to cover business mileage in private cars.

Van fleet safety will be covered by Claire Shrewsbury, head of a new van driver safety scheme, SaFED for Vans, and the driver’s view will be examined by Mark McArthur-Christie, director of policy at the Association of British Drivers.

Other speakers to be confirmed will include a fuel specialist to look at the risks fleets face in that area.

Sponsors for the event are SEAT and euroShell Card. Sub-sponsor is Nobilas Claims and Fleet solutions.

Further details from event organiser Sandra Evitt on 01733 468307 or email sandra.evitt@emap.com. Alternatively, visit www.fnspringconference.com and book online.

  • For sponsorship and exhibition enquiries, contact Emma Cole on 01733 468345 or email emma.cole@emap.com
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