– By Caroline Falls –
As all around us changes, it’s vital for anyone involved in fleet management to keep abreast of new technologies and regulations in order to be the best they can be at their job, and to be compliant.
There are several fleet management conferences scheduled to run in Australia in 2018 that are devoted to all things fleet and they are a great way to keep abreast of new developments and issues affecting the industry.
IPWEA, or the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, is planning its second fleet conference following the success of its inaugural one in Brisbane earlier this year. It will be held 19-21 March 2018 at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
“Fleet operators have never been under more pressure to reduce costs and deliver more – all in an increasingly regulated environment,” according to the IPWEA website created for the event. “To meet this challenge, fleet operators must exploit available technologies and apply best practice management principles.”
The IPWEA event is aimed at both public and private sector fleet people. It will have two streams – one focused on fleet management and the other on maintenance.
Keynote speakers include: Paul Lauria, president of Mercury Associates, the largest fleet management consultancy in North America, and Brendon Green, general manager of motor vehicles at Pickles Auction
In Sydney, international conference organisers IQPC will run a three-day Fleet Management conference, 26-28 February, with the first day devoted to workshops such as: implementing telematics, and driver safety.
Keynote speakers include County of Sacramento’s Fleet and Parking Chief Keith Leech, who will talk about transforming the authority’s 3,200 vehicle fleet to meet fuel and cost reduction needs. Other speakers include Behyad Jafari, CEO of Australia’s Electric Vehicle Council, Robert Morgan, Fleet Manager of New Zealand Police, and Barry Williams, the Fleet Manager at Qld-based James Cook University.
“This event is a tightly focused networking, business development and learning platform for senior executives,” IQPC says on its website promoting the event. “The conference experience has been specifically designed to increase the opportunities for collaboration and networking.”
The Australasian Fleet Management Association, will hold its annual fleet conference in May 2018. It will be held at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. The two-day event is always well attended and is a great place to meet up with industry stalwarts and fresh new faces in fleet. Highlights of the meeting include: The future of the automotive industry, transitioning from fleet management to mobility management and blockchain technology. Other topics being covered are: funding a cost-effective fleet, risk management and leadership.
“Our annual conference is designed to highlight the road ahead including technology and government policy whilst providing educational sessions designed to create a knowledge transfer between experts and practitioners,” said Mace Hartley, executive director of the non-profit group AfMA.
Fleet Auto News has signed up to be media partner for the IQPC event. For more information, or to register and qualify for earlybird discounts follow the link here.
Fleet Auto News has signed up to be media partner for the IPWEA event. To register and qualify for earlybird discounts follow the link here.
For more on the AfMA event, follow the link here.