Record attendance predicted for FTA Transport Manager conferences



Attendance numbers for the FTA’s 2018 Transport Manager conferences look set to exceed previous figures, with more than 1,000 delegates already registered.

The conferences, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres, take place around the country and each include an address by the local Traffic Commissioner (TC) on their priorities for the coming year. In addition, the TCs will conduct a mock driver hearing at each venue, giving an insight into their decision making.

Other sessions at the one-day events will include talks from the DVSA, as well as briefings on Earned Recognition, lowering emissions, Brexit, managing your maintenance provider, and smart tachographs. The conference series, also sponsored by Brigade Electronics and Microlise, offers insight into issues relevant to those using vehicles as part of their daily work and includes expert advice and guidance from leading industry speakers.

They are designed for anyone running a truck or van fleet, large or small and whatever their industry, to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest developments. The first event in the 10-venue series takes place in Yeovil on 20 September.

  • Visit or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 03717 11 22 22 to book a place.

DVLA slow in returning HGV driver's licence despite medical all clear

Hayton Coulthard


An HGV driver said a delay in re-issuing his licence after his recovery from an operation had affected his mental health and created stress for his family.

Keith Samuel said he had done everything the DVLA requested to comply with licensing requirements, including receiving a clean bill of health from a cardiologist, but he has still not been able to drive despite reapplying on 10 July.

In January, the Hayton Coulthard driver was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack; he was subsequently diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia.

Following an operation to treat the abnormally fast heart rate on 30 May, Samuel said his cardiologist reported he was fit enough to have his licence returned, and having waited the six weeks mandated by the DVLA, he reapplied.

However, he said the agency has dragged its feet since and he is still waiting more than two months on.

Samuel’s experience mirrors that of other CM readers who have complained about the agency’s failure to reissue licences following medical problems.

In April, the DVLA promised to reissue an HGV driver with his licence after CM questioned why the agency was ignoring the medical advice of a neurosurgeon.

The DVLA said it would not comment on an individual’s case, but it was often reliant on information from “a third party”, which could cause delay.