Bridgestone partners with FTA conferences

Bridgestone partners with FTA conferences

Bridgestone believes it has created a ‘perfect partnership’ with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and its Transport Manager conference series and has expressed its delight at becoming the Gold Sponsor of the events for 2018.

To be held across the country between September and November, the 10 stand-alone conferences co-ordinated by FTA will highlight key issues for those working in the industry. Each event will include an address by the local Traffic Commissioner, a question and answer session with the DVSA directors via video clarifying problems raised by transport managers, and updates on other areas including Clean Air Zones, Brexit, Earned Recognition, lowering emissions, managing your maintenance provider, smart tachographs, and much more.

But it is Bridgestone’s 18-month tyre debris study in partnership with Highways England that should generate most discussion at the events, with the piece of research revealing that almost three quarters of motorway incidents related to tyre failure could be prevented if drivers carried out simple checks.

With last year’s events breaking all previous attendance records at over 1,300 delegates, Bridgestone is looking forward to sharing its message with representatives of some of the UK’s leading and most influential organisations.

“Bridgestone is thrilled to be involved with the Transport Manager 2018 conference series,” said Bridgestone Truck & Bus Product Manager, Terry Salter.

“The transport manager has a huge responsibility within any business, and these conferences are a great opportunity for us to recognise the complexity of their role and help them keep as up-to-date and informed on compliance issues as possible. Our association with the FTA represents the perfect partnership for us.”

The conferences, which have been running for more than 20 years, are sponsored by Bridgestone, Microlise and Brigade Electronics.

They will allow Bridgestone to communicate its many commercial fleet services including Total Tyre Care, which has been tailored to meet the needs of every commercial fleet operator and the company believes is quite unlike anything else on the market.

The virtues of the Bridgestone Partner network will also be brought to life, which is comprised of hundreds of respected tyre dealers who will guarantee the highest level of service to fleets.

James Firth, FTA’s Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, said: “These events are an essential tool to help transport managers stay up-to-date with ever-changing legislation and good practice across the industry. FTA Transport Manager provides reassurance that operators are equipped with the most current information available and we are thrilled to have Bridgestone on board to support the conference series.”

For a full list of dates and venues or to book a place go to: or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 03717 11 22 22.

The cost to attend for FTA members is £295 plus VAT for the first delegate and £265 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; for non-FTA members £395 plus VAT for the first delegate and £365 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

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