Loveday Ryder (pictured), chief executive of the DVSA, will address delegates at the Microlise Transport Conference on 18 May 2022, at the Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly the Ricoh Arena) in Coventry.

Registration has opened for the free-to-attend event, which will showcase innovations and trends the organisers believe will disrupt the transport and logistics sector over the coming years.

In addition to the primary conference agenda, delegates will also have access to four workshop programmes covering skills, compliance, technology and innovation.

Appointed in January 2021, Ryder leads the executive agency responsible for ensuring that drivers and vehicles on UK roads are safe and compliant.

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In her conference address, she will discuss many of the chief concerns impacting operators and will share details of DVSA initiatives, such as Earned Recognition, that are designed to support and empower compliant companies.

“The DVSA is working in tandem with the industry to do what it can to keep supply chains flowing and drivers on the road," she said. "Since the pandemic we’ve increased the number of HGV driving tests by 90% and worked with industry to authorise assessors from the training industry who will carry out the off-road exercise part of the lorry and bus driving test to enable DVSA to focus on providing more on-road practical tests.

“I look forward to engaging in industry discussion and debate and to sharing my vision for the future of the DVSA and to detail how it will support the sector moving forward.”

In keeping with the theme of technology, innovation and the future of the industry, the conference will be hosted this year by technology broadcaster and presenter Spencer Kelly, who fronts the BBC’s flagship technology programme, Click, which attracts viewers from more than 200 countries.