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Minister of State for Transport to deliver keynote at Microlise Transport Conference in May

Minister of State for Transport to deliver keynote at Microlise Transport Conference in May

The Right Honourable John Hayes CBE MP, appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport in Theresa May’s new Government in July, will deliver the keynote speech at the Microlise Transport Conference on 17th May.

The address will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to deliver a powerful message to government, via interactive audience polling and questioning, of the issues most pressing to the transport industry during the Brexit negotiations.

During the conference, attendees will get a view from the senior politician on how the Government is supporting the industry to help resolve issues such as the skills shortage. Hayes has held various ministerial positions as well as shadow posts dating back to 2000.

John Hayes said:

“The road freight sector is key to keeping our economy moving, delivering parts to our factories and stock to our shops. As the Transport Minister with responsibility for the freight sector I have brought the industry together to see where the government can help them address their concerns and to encourage them to rise to the challenge of recruiting the next generation of Logistics professionals. That requires a co-ordinated approach that improves working conditions and promotes development and progression in a dynamic and modern industry.

“I look forward to addressing the Microlise Transport Conference to reiterate my support for the sector and highlight the opportunities available to them through the Trailblazer Apprenticeships and the funding available through the Apprenticeship levy.”

Free-to-attend, the conference will again take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry and includes a full day’s agenda supported by focused workshops and a sizable exhibition area. It will be chaired by award-winning motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson.

Many speakers are already confirmed including Eddie Stobart’s Chief Information Officer, the DVSA’s Head of Enforcement Policy and Senior Transport Commissioner Beverley Bell. The Institute of Couriers and Government Office of Science also have slots in the conference agenda.

“We are pleased to welcome the Minister as the conference keynote. With over 1,000 delegates attending from the haulier and transport operator community this is a great opportunity for Government to address a large group of industry decision makers and for the industry as a whole to have its say,” said Microlise Chief Executive Officer, Nadeem Raza.

Delegates attending in May will also gain access to three specially curated workshop areas covering a range of topics relevant for transport professionals, hosted by the Road Haulage Association, Motor Transport and Microlise.

The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, which celebrate the UK’s most talented HGV drivers, are back again for 2017. Both through analysis of telematics data, and via a number of nominated categories they shine a light on the exemplary work being carried out by drivers out on the UK’s roads. Categories include HGV Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Extra Mile, Most Improved and Young Driver of the Year.

Registration for the free-to-attend conference can be completed at

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