The Mere Golf Resort & Spa - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Conference Programme

Registration and exhibition opens, coffee and refreshments

Panel 1
09.20 - 10.15

The future of the taxi – who will own the market?

Uber has opened the door to new entrants, and we are seeing a diverse group of companies developing strategies to enter the sector, ranging from car manufacturers, through technology companies to car rental firms. With autonomous vehicles likely to be deployed as taxis as an early initiative, are these companies better equipped for the future than the traditional private hire operator? What can the established operators do to ensure they still play a leading role in the future?

Panellists include

Rich Pleeth - Taxify
Dave Goldring - Europcar
Adam Parken – Blacklane
Jonny Goldstone – Greentomato Cars
Mike Galvin - Karhoo

Panel 2
10.20 – 11.15

The regulatory minefield – are we being served?

The industry is under pressure—not least from tighter regulations. New entrants are changing the game, and regulators are struggling to keep on top of things.

Controversy surrounds Transport for London’s new licensing fee structure, proposed new private hire rules and mandatory future vehicle choices. Is the industry doing enough to make its voice heard, and can we come up with more sensible ideas?

Panellists include

Steve Wright - LPHCA
Joe Polley – Parker Car Service
Dominick Moxon-Tritsch – Taxify
Jonny Goldstone – Greentomato Cars
Debbie Wambergue - iChauffeur

Coffee break
11.15 - 11.30

Panel 3
11.30 - 12.20

Technology, mobility, autonomy and the role of the driver

App technology has been the biggest game-changer in the taxi industry, and it’s unfortunate that the leading user has used it as a way of leading a race to the bottom in terms of service costs and quality. How can advanced technology – including the rise of mobility services, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles – co-exist with a service-driven ethos that is centred around the driver?

Panellists include

Safa Alkateb – Autocab
Mike Galvin - Karhoo
Rich Pleeth - Taxify
Dave Goldring – Europcar
Richard Moseley - Cabfind
Jonny Goldstone – Greentomato Cars

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Panel 4
12.25 – 13.15

The employment conundrum – who works for who?

Employment law – Are your drivers workers, self-employed or employees? What should you do to ensure you are complying with the law? And what should you do about drivers who work for multiple employers? If these drivers are workers, who is responsible for paying their sick pay and holiday pay?

Panellists include

Gary Jacobs - Drivertax
Jonny Goldstone – GreenTomato Cars
Jonathan Dow – Club Class Chauffeurs
Debbie Wambergue - iChauffeur
Steve Wright – LPHCA

Lunch break
13.15 – 14.00

LPHCA Special Session

All ProDriver Congress London 2018 delegates are welcome to attend a special LPHCA update meeting, which will follow the conference on Tuesday June 12 between 14:00 and 15:00.

In the special session, chaired by LPHCA chairman Steve Wright, the following topics will be covered:

  • LPHCA High Court case on operator fees
  • English language tests
  • The live TfL consultation
  • Proposed signage on PHVs
  • Proposed mandatory driving tests
  • Likely national regulation changes

Professional Driver is delighted to be hosting this session for LPHCA members.