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

Be prepared!

Find out how to meet the latest challenges facing our industry

ProDriver Congress North
Tuesday, October 23
The Mere Golf Resort, Knutsford, Cheshire

The Department for Transport has just released a far-reaching report into the taxi and private hire trade. This will form the basis of new regulations that will have a major impact on how you do business.

The report, “Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing - steps towards a safer and more robust system”, makes 34 recommendations for the Transport Secretary to consider.

These include:

  • National minimum standards for licensing
  • Mandatory in-cab CCTV
  • Unified regional authorities
  • Powers for local authorities to limit vehicle and driver numbers
  • Restrictions on cross-border work
  • Legal definitions of “plying for hire” and “pre-booked”
  • Mandatory requirements to have wheelchair-accessible vehicles
  • New rules to bring app-based platforms into line with traditional operators

Make no mistake - these new rules will be implemented sooner rather than later. And unless you’re prepared, you could find your business at risk.

So prepare yourself by attending Professional Driver’s second conference of 2018. ProDriver Congress North takes place next month, on Tuesday, October 23, at the Mere Resort near Knutsford, just off the M6 and M56 motorways.

As with our popular and well-established ProDriver Congress London event, the event format comprises a number of panel sessions. Leading operators and industry figures will debate the issues, in a “Question Time” format, chaired by Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa.

We’ve already signed up a great set of panellists for ProDriver Congress North, with more names to be announced. The new DfT report is bound to dominate the day, expect lively discussions about a number of issues, including:

  • New market entrants
  • Disruptive technology
  • Cross-border hiring
  • Licensing issues
  • Clean-air zones
  • Driver recruitment
  • Employment issues
  • The “gig economy”

And of course, the floor is open to all delegates to ask questions to any of the panellists. So if there’s something on your mind, let’s see if we can find some answers.

Confirmed panellists include:

Aqeel Arshad
Aqeel Arshad
Operations director, Street Cars Manchester
David Richmond
David Richmond
Chairman, Arrow Cars, Leeds
Mark McDermott
Mark McDermott
Head of Manchester Operations, TBR Global
John Coombes
John Coombes
Managing director, Fylde Executive Cars
Steve Wright
Steve Wright
Chairman, Licensed Private Hire Car Association
Mike Galvin
Dr Mike Galvin
Operations Director, Karhoo
dominick moxon tritsch
Dominick Moxon-Tritsch
Director of Regulation and Public Policy, Taxify
David Goldring
David Goldring
Director of Supply Chain Management, Europcar/Brunel

To attend the conference, please register

ProDriver Congress North 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 teaming up with Audi to add another dimension to ProDriver Congress North. In the afternoon, Audi will be offering accompanied ride and drives in some of its latest models, including the new A6 saloon, Q8 luxury SUV and of course the flagship A8L limousine.

Audi executives will be on hand to talk through with you how the manufacturer can help your business via its tailor-made chauffeur programme, which offers special finance terms and extra support for licensed operators.

Don’t miss your chance to try out these exciting new models. Register to attend at