Advancing the trucking industry through innovation and safety

In September 2023, NTA4 MinutesBy Carol McGeadyOctober 5, 2023

The New Zealand Trucking Association and National Road Carriers are set to host the TMS (Technology, Maintenance and Safety) Conference, a ground-breaking two-day conference and exhibition on 13 and 14 March, 2024, in Christchurch at the state-of-the-art Te Pae Convention Centre.

This much-anticipated event aims to bring together key industry stakeholders to explore and promote the latest advancements in technology, maintenance practices and safety initiatives to enhance efficiency and make the entire industry safer.

The Te Pae Convention Centre, with its huge indoor exhibition space and ultra-modern conference facilities, provides the perfect setting for this significant event. The conference will include a wide range of sessions and discussions, each designed to equip business owners, senior managers, workshop managers, health and safety champions and HR personnel with the necessary knowledge and tools to tackle the challenges facing the trucking industry.

Embracing new technologies is one of the core themes of this conference and will be centred around new and emerging technologies that are transforming the trucking landscape. Participants will be able to engage with industry-leading experts and witness demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies, such as autonomous driving systems, electric and hybrid vehicles, telematics and advanced fleet management solutions. These innovations have the potential to revolutionise logistics and transportation, making operations more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective.

Efficient maintenance is critical for ensuring the longevity and safety of trucking fleets. During the conference, experts will share insights into best practices for truck maintenance, highlighting preventive measures that can significantly reduce downtime and repair costs. This will enhance the reliability of vehicles and optimise fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, contributing to a greener and more environmentally responsible industry.

Safety remains a top priority for the trucking industry, and this conference aims to shed light on the latest safety initiatives and practices. Participants will gain valuable insights into strategies for minimising accidents, reducing driver fatigue, implementing driver training programmes and adopting safety technologies like collision avoidance systems and driver monitoring tools. The goal is to create a culture of safety that benefits drivers, other road users and the community.

This conference is a unique opportunity for industry professionals to connect and collaborate. Business owners, managers and safety champions can network and share their experiences and challenges. This exchange of knowledge and ideas can lead to powerful collaborations, allowing participants to learn from one another and collectively drive positive change within our industry.

The benefits of the conference will extend far beyond the two days of presentations and discussions. The insights gained and connections made during the event will likely lead to a domino effect of positive change within the transport sector.

The connections may lead to future partnerships, joint ventures, or collaborative initiatives among industry players. This collaborative approach to problem-solving will enhance efficiency and foster innovation within the sector.

The TMS Conference is a pivotal event that promises to shape the industry’s future. It aims to empower industry professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to drive positive change within their organisations and the entire sector by focusing on new technologies, maintenance best practices and safety initiatives. As the industry embraces innovation and prioritises safety, it will move towards a more efficient, sustainable and safer future.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of a conference that will set the course for the future of trucking. Register now to secure your place and explore exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities available for those seeking to significantly impact the industry.

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