Parliament Loves Logistics event
In September FTA took its Love Logistics campaign into the House of Commons to deliver the logistics message to MPs, peers and their advisers.
Educating policy makers about 'real world' logistics
The ‘Parliament Loves Logistics’ drinks reception was a chance for industry figures to meet with politicians from around the country, and to really educate those who take the vital decisions in the reality of getting goods from A to B. It is paramount that those making the decisions really understand the way logistics works and the impact of their decisions in the real world.
Drinks, iPads and simulators
At the heart of the event was a state of the art driving simulator, kindly provided by L-3 MPRI Training Systems Group. The simulator enabled MPs and senior logistics figures to try their and at a range of bespoke driving scenarios – from driving through a busy city centre, to reverse parking a lorry and coping with a tyre blowout on the motorway.
In addition to the simulator, members of FTA staff circulated with iPads to encourage guests to have a go at the Love Logistics Quiz, requiring a working knowledge of a range of different transport modes and key logistics issues currently before Parliament.
Key industry figures
In addition to a healthy number of Parliamentarians, there were representatives from every mode of transport and nearly every facet of the logistics industry. Traffic Commissioners, major shipping organisations, rail freight movers and more came together to celebrate the successes of the logistics industry in keeping the economy moving, and promoting the hard work carried out by thousands of people around the country.
FTA President Stewart Oades took the opportunity to hammer home the overall importance of logistics to the economy and the vital role which the sector will play at next year’s London Olympics.