The International Forum for Road Transport Technology (IFRTT) is proud to present the 14th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT14). This conference will provide a unique forum for legislators, road administrators, academics, consultants, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, transport organizations and transport operators to discuss and exchange ideas on ways to improve the safety, efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the road transport industry.

We expect to have delegates from all around the world including Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Europe, North America and Oceania. In common with previous symposia, the format will include plenary sessions, parallel technical sessions and evening social events for more informal interactions. The opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow delegates has always been a highlight of these Symposia.

Throughout the world, countries are faced with a growing freight task. This presents significant challenges in terms of congestion, sustainability, environmental impact and safety. Approaches to addressing these challenges vary widely from country to country and reflect both the local situation and community expectations. Productivity, safety and sustainability gains can be achieved through Intelligent Transport Systems, enhanced logistics, vehicle technology developments, inter-modal operations, increased size and weight, Performance Based Standards etc. The optimal mix of approaches varies from country to country. The actual mix of approaches that occurs is driven by policy and legislation.

Previous symposia have been held in Canada, England, United States, Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa, France, Sweden and Argentina. HVTT14 will be the first time in New Zealand. The host city, Rotorua, is a major centre for the road transport industry in New Zealand with several trailer manufacturers based there and with substantial forestry activity in the region. Rotorua is also a major tourist centre and provides a wide range of activities for accompanying persons.

We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua in November 2016.

John de Pont, President IFRTT and Chair, HVTT14 Scientific Committee
Kate Bucknell, Chair, HVTT14 Organizing Committee
Dom Kalasih, HVTT14 Organizing Committee
Bruce Currie, HVTT14 Organizing Committee

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