Thank you to all of our expert speakers, who delivered most engaging and informative presentations at this month’s freight people #talkingtransport forum.
As always Mike Dawber from NavCIS updated us on the latest crime figures, vehicle crime hotspots, and most common theft types. A third of HGV crime stems from West Yorkshire. 75% of HGV crime involves the slashing of curtains and 43% of crime is fuel theft. Remember to report crime to the police and then NaVCIS at email@example.com. Attendees received a copy of the latest NaVCIS crime report. Please contact us should you require a copy.
Rodger Holden from Crimestoppers gave a brief overview of the work carried out by Crimestoppers. Of interest to our industry is Crimstopper’s collaboration with Border Force, Transport Police, HMRC and Insurers. We look forward to welcoming back Rodger in October. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously, in confidence, on 0800555111.
Stephen Jordan, Head of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC), gave an insight into operations at the OTC and the relationship between Traffic Commissioners, the OTC and DVSA. All Licence applications are handled by the staff at the OTC in Leeds. Traffic Commissioners are public servants and independent of DVSA. Last year a total of 70763 licences were issued. It is surprising to learn that despite the current economic climate, licence applications are on the increase! Stephen allayed some fears with regard to contacting the OTC and urged attendees not to hesitate to telephone should they have any Licence application issues.
Philip Martin, Head of Policy at the Department of Transport, supplied a most informative presentation on current industry hot topics – HGV MOT vehicle testing, changes to Driver CPC courses, Lorry Parking, COVID business support and the labour shortage. Philip will be joining us again at our August forum on 18 August.
As always feedback has been phenomenal and we are grateful. We would like to extend our appreciation to all of our speakers, as well as our sponsors, Consilia Legal, Driven Asset Finance, Freight Train, Motus Commercials, Novis & Co Chartered Accountants and Wilby Insurers.