Conference programme brings experts together to share industry knowledge on essential topics

Keeping you in the know
If you are responsible for the safe and compliant management of an HGV fleet, the Road Transport Expo (RTX) Knowledge Zone conference is a must-attend event.

Taking place across all three days of the free-to-attend summer tradeshow, the Knowledge Zone will bring together road transport experts to explore essential topics such as truck safety and technology, fleet decarbonisation, vehicle development, industry trials and much more.

“We have developed a conference programme that will provide insightful expertise on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s fleet operators,” said Hayley Tayler, events and projects editor at MT publisher Road Transport Media.

“It’s ideal for fleet managers or senior decision-makers who want to stay abreast of industry hot topics, so we would love for you to join us this summer.”

The Knowledge Zone is located at the heart of the venue. Its easy-access layout enables you to drop in and out of relevant sessions while exploring the rest of the show.

Day one will open with a keynote from DVSA director of enforcement Marian Kitson. This will be followed by a topical debate with the RHA, Logistics UK, and MT editor Steve Hobson on key policy and regulatory challenges to be aware of for the year ahead.

Also on day one will be the first of two ‘Big Debates’, bringing together all the leading truck-makers and a selection of new entrants to the market to explore the future of HGV technology.

After lunch, you can participate in a need-to-know session run by Logistics UK, focusing on topical issues such as cybersecurity and freight crime.

On day two, shadow transport minister Bill Esterton will discuss the Labour Party’s ambition for the industry.

You’ll also hear from Innovate UK and its industry project partners on the roll-out of the latest £200m government-funded Zero-Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator programme.

The full conference programme will be published online this month at – but below are some of the great names who have already confirmed their participation.

The RTX Knowledge Zone is growing every day and will bring together experts from across the industry. Confirmed so far are:
– Marian Kitson, director of enforcement, DVSA
– Bill Esterton, shadow transport minister
– Dr Bob Moran, deputy director, head of decarbonisation strategy, DfT
– Michelle Gardner, deputy director, policy, Logistics UK
– Chris Ashley, head of policy – environment and regulation, RHA
– Sam Clarke, chief vehicle officer, Gridserve
– Dr Isabella Panovic, programme manager (zero-emission road freight), Innovate UK
– Mike Dawbar, field intelligence officer, Freight Desk, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service
– Ian Dennis, business development director, Zenobē
– Mark Cartwright, head of commercial vehicles, Incident Prevention Team, National Highways
– Nick Handy, head of product management, MAN Truck & Bus
– John McLeister, chief commercial officer, Hydrogen Vehicle Systems
– John Comer, product manager, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland
– James Venables, head of future sustainability, Mercedes-Benz Trucks
– Guy Heywood, vice president of sales, marketing and business strategy, Hankook Tire Europe
– Steve Powell, product manager and alternative propulsion lead, Iveco
– Shaun O’Connor, regional sales manager, Sany E-Trucks/Putzmeister

RTX takes place from 4-6 June at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, and it is completely free to attend and park.

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