Woodfines Solicitors Transport Conference

December 8th, 2021

Last month NN1 Personnel had the pleasure to present at “Woodfines Solicitors Transport Conference: keeping the show on the road.”

What is the Woodfines Solicitors Transport Conference?

On 25th November Woodfines Solicitors organised their 16th Transport Conference at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. It celebrated the people in logistics and provided updates and expertise on running a transport business successfully. The host, Mike Hayward is Head of Woodfines’ Crime and Transport team. He is renowned for his expertise in advising businesses and individuals facing personal and commercial prosecution brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards and other enforcement agencies.

NN1 Personnel presentation.

We have been attending their events for a number of years and have always found them beneficial and helpful. This year we took part as speakers and presented about Driver Shortage and Recruitment Challenges.

We used the latest Road Haulage Association (RHA) survey details in our presentation. The survey estimates there is now a shortage of up to 100,000 qualified drivers in the UK. It also revealed the main reasons for the UK’s driver shortage:

We also spoke about our main challenges in drivers recruitment, especially when considering the fact the HGV driver is not listed as a skilled occupation, making it harder to apply for a working visa. Furthermore, we highlighted the importance of driver mental health, especially during the ongoing crisis and offered a free leaflet with advice to all the attendees.

Our presentation received great feedback from the delegates. Many were touched by some of our initiatives like the Christmas Act of Kindness and the Drivers Mental Health campaign.

Experts in the field

It was good to see National Highways and their operation tramline undercover lorry at the conference. Presenting Mark Cartwright spoke about well-known Operation Tramline and revealed some shocking statistics. Moreover, he is working with enforcement agencies DVSA, Office of Traffic Commissioners, and Police forces on highlighting driver and company responsibilities when it comes to load security.

The DVSA‘s Earned Recognition presentation was useful, presented by Phil Breen. It focused on benefits and cost savings from being an ER Operator.

Ruth Edwards from Talent in Logistics gave us great insight into drivers’ engagement and perspective on their job role.

As always, it was a pleasure to hear Mike Haywood and listen to his presentation and his associates from Woodfines Solicitors about the amazing work they do within the transport industry.

It was a very informative and eye-opening transport conference, packed with interesting statistics, great advice and a bit of humour. Please follow the link to see the full conference agenda and all the presentations.

Thank you again for the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with other experts in the field.

We would like to take this opportunity and thank Mike Haywood and his team at Woodfines Solicitors for their support to the transport industry over the years.

We are looking forward to the next conference.

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