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These hot topics will come under the spotlight at ProDriver Congress 2017.

This well-received one-day conference will focus on the threats and opportunities that face private hire and chauffeur operators in London.

The conference takes place Tuesday, June 6 at the Renaissance Hotel at Heathrow Airport.

ProDriver Congress London is FREE to attend for licensed private hire and chauffeur operators only. Non-qualifying delegates can reserve a ticket for £240 (excluding VAT).

Professional Driver is delighted to announce the programme and provisional speaker line-up for ProDriver Congress London 2017. We’ll be making further announcements in the next few days.



Panel session 1: Disrupting the disrupters

Uber has been a game-changer, especially in London. But how should established operators respond. Is there a way to disrupt the disrupter – introducing new and imaginative ways to combat market entrants?

Are the current regulations and regulators up to the task of managing the industry? The deregulation act of 2015 has opened the door to cross-border hiring, and that has led to conflict – and potential problems for operators.

Catherine Faiers, Addison Lee
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Greentomato Cars
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance

Panel session 2: Disruptive technology

Technological advances have allowed the disrupters to make massive inroads to the industry. But that technology is now available to all.

How do we harness the power of apps and booking systems? And how do we make the technology work for us? After all, there have been high-profile attempts to match Uber, such as Hailo and Karhoo, which have failed.

Bob Nixon, iCabbi
Daniel Price, Cabfind
Safa Alkateb, Autocab
Matt Borland, Magenta

Panel session 3: Employees, workers and the gig economy

The high court has ruled that drivers working for Uber are “workers” rather than self-employed people. This has major ramifications for the whole industry.

Are you geared up to cope with this? In this session we examine the different business models that can help you comply with employment law.

Gary Jacobs, Driverserv
Steve Garelick, GMB Union
Catherine Faiers, Addison Lee
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Greentomato Cars

Panel session 4: Autonomous vehicles

Manufacturers, technology companies and operators are all desperate to grab a piece of the autonomous vehicle action. Indeed, many autonomous vehicles are already on test around the world.

And the taxi sector is earmarked as a crucial one for self-driving cars, as eliminating the driver would be a major cost saving. But is that going to provide a better service? But what are the obstacles and risks involved?

Kevin Meeks, Volvo
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance
Mike Galvin, Addison Lee
Bob Nixon, iCabbi
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance