Decision-making for a decade
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CHANGES in the legal framework within which British road transport must operate mean that operators must plan how to meet the new standards, exploit the fresh opportunities and guard against unfamiliar hazards. We hope to help them in making their important decisions for this decade by our choice of subjects for the 1970 Commercial Motor Fleet IVIanagement Conference—the first of these annual events to be held in the Seventies. It is also the seventh in this very successful series of CM conferences.
As the accompanying programme shows, experts in their fields will provide thoughtful advice on engineering, operating and planning aspects of modern fleet management. This will include the solving of problems and the evaluation of long-term projects by methods which come under the title of "management science", widely used in other industries but still new to many areas of road transport.
A debate between two lawyers well known in the transport world will give sharp focus to the question of whether own-account operators should ply for hire and reward and, if so, on what terms. Delegates will be invited to join in the debate.
The conference will be held on Thursday, September 17, at the London Hilton Hotel which has always provided us with such excellent facilities for the event. Lord Chesham will, I am happy to say, once again be our conference chairman. The timetable will run from 9.30 a.m. to about 5 p.m.
The all-in fee for the conference will be 9 guineas. This will include bound copies of the papers, and coffee, cocktails, lunch and afternoon tea. This will be a really valuable conference for all road transport operators. I urge those interested in attending to use the accompanying form to book without delay. •