16th, 17th & 18th March 2016
Lydiard House
Lydiard Park

BUSK is pleased to announce it’s School Transport Safety Conference 2016 which we feel is a “must” for anyone with a responsibility to make or approve transport arrangements for others. If you have any responsibility relating to the provision of home to school transport or school trips (in the UK and abroad) for pupils who are in mainstream education, or have special needs or who are wheelchair users, then this conference is for you!

It’s very easy to be given responsibilities in this area but it’s a real challenge to meet them in a way that is both cost effective, suitable and sufficient in terms of the associated legal duties of care. Experience tells us that many people aren’t always aware of what their responsibilities actually mean or what liabilities they hold both personally and professionally. That situation rapidly changes if something goes wrong and unfortunately in law the defence of “I honestly didn’t know” is no defence at all, no matter how genuine.

Completely independent, with over 20 years experience in the industry BUSK is here to help. That’s why this conference provides a wide variety of speakers, all specially chosen and all expert in their own field. We are delighted to welcome Sarah Bell, Traffic Commissioner and we also have a television presenter and journalist who will demonstrate how the media work, explain the massive risk that adverse media exposure can present to a business, local authority or school and give expert advice in how to react when things go wrong. Three local authorities talking about three very different subjects and other industry professionals all join our speaker team. BUSK’s own solicitor, Mike Imperato will be explaining what does “being responsible” for the provision of school transport actually mean? Some of the subjects on the agenda include:

    • 100% cost criteria and reverse auction bidding….. ‘Is this legal?’

    • How schools should co-ordinate and fulfill their duty of care on school trips in the UK and abroad.

    • The success of the Nightcap campaign in highlighting causes of driver fatigue on school trips.

    • Are tour companies meeting their legal requirements when they book accommodation for coach drivers?

    • State Aid and Section 19 Permits and how this affects both the voluntary sector and commercial operations and the effect on the safety of passengers.

    • Bullying:- How it can affect pupils on the school bus journey and how it can effect some drivers. What can be done?

    • Mobility for wheelchair users.

    • The role of a transport manager.

    • The role of travel management companies.

As always, our aim is to provide real solutions to problems – there will be something of interest for everyone. The conference provides the rare opportunity for like-minded people to meet, discuss common problems and to share solutions - all in the beautiful setting of Lydiard Park Conference Centre.

The Conference

This three day conference provides a wealth of expertise and solutions to the everyday issues that face transport operators, schools, youth groups and local authorities. Over the three days the conference will cover school trips, home to school transport, minibus safety, Section 19 Permit, UK infringement process and update, bullying and safeguarding both pupils and drivers.

Each day, registration will begin from 09:15 where tea, coffee and home made cookies/cake will be served. Conference start is 10:00 with a mid morning break and lunch around 12:30. Refreshments will be available throughout the day including bottled water.

Day one -
Schools trips in the UK and abroad.

Chaired by John Burch, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK

    • Richard Cope, Business Manager (Passenger Transport & Transport Strategy), Monmouthshire County Council: What Mon CC is doing to ensure schools understand what driver fatigue is.

    • Pat Harris: Update on Nightcap campaign about driver fatigue

    • Coach Driver: Booking driver accommodation on trips

    • Andy Layfield, Pewseyvale Coaches: Explaining why ‘our drivers will not share hotel rooms or sleep in tents’ on school trips abroad.
    • Nicola Davies, Head Teacher: How our school does it

    • Perry Payne: Risk assessing, seat belt & transport policies, emergency planning

    • Mike Imperato: Legal position

Day two -
Home to school transport.

Chaired by Trevor Roberts, Director, Transport Gateway Reviews Ltd

    • Sarah Bell, Traffic Commissioiner: Standards and expectations, what will I be looking for?

    • Andy Burford, Glos CC Transport Procurement (home to school): Looking at 100% cost criteria contracts & reverse auction bidding

    • Craig Hardy, Senior Police Crash Investigator: What an investigation looks for when a road traffic collision happens including the removal of computers, mobiles and other documents linked to operations and how this can affect local authorities, schools and operators.

    • Perry Payne: Setting an industry standard for school transport

    • Marieclaire Carey-Jones, Journalist & TV presenter: How to avoid adverse media attention when it all goes wrong

    • Mike Imperato: Legal position

Day three -
Minibus safety,
booking transport on-line,
bullying/safeguarding and the
latest position about the infringement process
our UK Government has been served with.

Chaired by Graeme Fraser, Director, AMK Chauffeur Drive – Minibus Safety, Bullying & Travel Management Companies

    • Rougemount School: Operating a fleet of school owned minibuses

    • David Burrows, Beestons Travel: Role of a Transport Manager

    • Steve Doel, Berks CC: Special Needs/Mobility

    • James Stokes, Coach Hire Comparison: Hiring a coach on line – knowing what you are getting.

    • Colin Bailey, PCV holder: Bullying and bad behaviour on home to school transport

    • Penny Steinhauer, Director, EyePat Internet Safety: Bullying and safeguarding pupils and drivers

    • Martin Allen, Bus & Coach Association: Section 19 Permits and Infringement update

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Lydiard House

Lydiard House is an 18th century grade 1 listed mansion set in 260 acres of beautiful countryside.  Free on-site parking and an indoor swimming pool and sauna are included in your delegate rate along with WiFi access.

Lydiard House has many recently restored historic features and has stunning parkland with an ornamental lake and walled garden.   Many guests take the opportunity of going for a run around this lovely park.

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