ProDriver Congress Online 2021
We’re launching a series of focused, free webinars to help operators rebuild after Covid-19
We all know how tough the last year has been. The private hire and taxi industry has done its bit – and some – in the Covid-19 crisis, but nobody’s really had our back, with operators and drivers left to fend for themselves.
Out of this difficult time have come tremendous stories of innovation and renewal, where faced with the choice of sink or swim, innovative operators have free-styled their way to recovery and success.
We’ve reported these stories in Professional Driver over the past months. Now we’re bringing you a chance to find out directly from the innovators, how smart operators have battled through the hard times with new businesses and new approaches, that have helped them survive the pandemic.
Professional Driver is bringing you a series of practical, focused online seminars where you will be able to learn how the brightest companies have survived. You’ll be able to ask them questions about how they did it, and it will show you how you could do something similar.
This is not the time for blue sky thinking or navel-gazing. Each 90-minute webinar will concentrate on a specific topic, and we will invite speakers with relevant hands-on experience and knowledge.
The webinars are free to attend – all delegates have to do is register on the prodrivermags.com website and we’ll send personalised joining instructions.
Online Congress 1 – Beyond the passenger
Lockdown means no passengers – but you can keep the fleet moving by turning it into a delivery fleet. If people can’t go out, the things they need have to be brought to them. That means there is huge demand to deliver takeaway food, shopping and parcels. This business is there for the taking – and we’ll be talking to a number of operators that are already building new business divisions from deliveries.
Dominic Moyes, DG Cars
Matt Young, Shrewsbury Eats
Zoe Walsh, GLH
Safa Alkateb, Autocab
More names to be added
Looking ahead, we’re looking at other topics for April and May
Online Congress 2 – Rebuilding Business Travel
Apr 8, 2021 11:00 GMT
Now we’re turning our attention to the part of the business that has been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic: business travel. Lockdown means no airport or railway station runs, and as office workers get used to working from home, late-night office pick-ups are gone too.
But business has to keep moving, and Covid-19 still presents a serious health risk. With fewer journeys, there is a case for using safer, cleaner cars rather than public transport. “Rebuilding business travel” is a one-hour webinar on Thursday, April 8, at 11am. The webinar will look at how business-focused operators are replacing lost travel, and how they are making sure they provide the safest option for essential journeys.
Joseph Seal-Driver, Blacklane
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Debbie Wambergue, iChauffeur
Peter Slater, CMAC Group
Daniel Price, Jyrney
Online Congress 3 – Cleaning up the fleet
May 6, 2021 11:00 GMT
The car market may have declined sharply in the past year, but electric vehicle sales have continued to power ahead. As more manufacturers add EVs to their range, increasing umbers of buyers are making the switch. And with environmental pressure from clean air zones and other restrictions being placed on conventional cars, many private hire fleets are now going electric. What do you need to know in order to make an informed decision? How do you choose the right car? And is the infrastructure there?