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    • by Tim Cairns
      Director for Northern Ireland

    We’re pleased to announce that this year we’re going to be holding a conference in Belfast for our members and other organisations that provide accessible and inclusive transport in Northern Ireland.

    This year’s Northern Ireland Conference is taking place on 08 November 2018, from 10:00 – 16:00 at KPMG, The Soloist Building, 1 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP.

    As with this year’s CTA Roadshow events in England, we’re pleased that this event is being run in association with KPMG and we’re very grateful for their continued support.

    The event is free of charge and open both to CTA members and other not-for-profit organisations who operate transport in Northern Ireland, such as schools and churches.

    Click here to book your place


    What will we be talking about?

    During the event, we’ll have a number of presentations and workshops both from CTA staff and from external speakers. We’ll have two group sessions that will be for everyone, as well as two sets of breakout sessions that you can choose between. These sessions are:

    Morning Breakout Session:

    Participants can attend one of these two breakout sessions, which will be running concurrently, depending on their organisation:

    • Department for Transport Consultation update

    This session is aimed towards grant funded community transport operators in Northern Ireland, sharing the latest developments from the Department for Transport’s Consultation on section 19 and 22 permits in Great Britain, their read across to legislation in Northern Ireland and the work we’re doing to support our members.

    • Good to go: the basics of operating safe and legal transport

    This session is aimed at small organisations such as schools, churches and sport clubs that own and operate a minibus. We’ll look at current legislation around driver licencing, as well as how to best operate your minibus safely and legally in a school/small organisation setting.


    Afternoon Breakout Session:

    Participants can choose to attend one of the following two breakout sessions, which will be running concurrently:

    • Getting to grips with tachographs and drivers’ hours.

    This session will look at what tachographs are, when you need to use them and how the information needs to be stored. This will include information on what drivers need to do when recording hours and how transport managers can explain and manage this effectively. The session will also include information on what the legal requirements are for drivers’ hours under EU rules and how to ensure that your organisation and drivers are compliant.

    • What can the Community Transport Association do for you?

    If you run transport as part of your organisation, you can come to CTA for support, advice and other services. This session will introduce you to a number of CTA staff and look at what CTA and other organisations can do to support your work.


    Group Sessions:

    These sessions will run in the afternoon and will be for all participants:

    • Engaging politicians without an Executive

    This session will help give you the tools to engage with your local councillors, MLAs, MPs and civil servants, especially in the current political climate without a Northern Ireland Executive. The session will be led by Richard Bullick from MCR Public Relations, a former Special Adviser to the First Minister.

    • Panel discussion and participant questions

    This session is a chance for participants to ask questions to a panel of experts regarding issues discussed during the day as well as any other topics you would like to raise. The panel will include representatives from CTA as well as a number of other panellists to be announced at a later date.


    Book your place and choose your sessions

    To book your place go to www.ctauk.org/events. After you’ve booked, we’ll send you a link where you can choose the breakout sessions you want to take part in. If you have any questions in the meantime please email bookings@ctauk.org


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