he CV Show will play a pivotal role in helping operators make the right decisions for their future fleet, following the government’s £200m funding injection to accelerate the rollout of the latest zero emission HGVs. The news comes alongside last week’s National Lorry Week from the Road Haulage Association (RHA), which seeks to highlight the latest advances in truck technology. 
 
Operators are increasingly keen to invest in new vehicles and technology, following three challenging years of pandemic restrictions and supply chain challenges and upcoming legislative changes. 
 
As a result, demand for expert advice has never been more sought after, with hauliers facing rapidly rising compliance requirements such as a new Direct Vision Standard that will be introduced in London in just 12 months, and growing interest in electric and hydrogen vehicles following the government’s investment in the Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstrator (ZERFD) programme. 
 
During the first half of 2023, new HGV registrations have risen by 17.1% with 22,691 new trucks joining the road, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This follows a highly successful 2023 edition of the CV Show, where almost 12,000 buyers sought clarity and insight into more than 100 different commercial vehicle technologies, including zero emission vehicles, software, refrigeration equipment, on-board safety systems and telematics. Operators are also increasingly investing in zero emission LCVs, which from 2024 will come under a Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate that compels the sale of the cleanest, greenest vans that form a regular fixture of the show. 
 
Responding to the growing demand from operators for in-depth advice, the CV Show 2024 will include an all-new conference covering decarbonisation, zero emission vehicles, people and technology, giving directors and managers crucial insight into how they can reduce their operating costs, cut their carbon footprint, and improve the efficiency and safety of their operations with new technology. With engineering also rapidly advancing, fleet managers also urgently need to understand the training their teams will require and how to bring in a new generation of top talent. 
 
Susan Kitchener, Executive Lead, the CV Show, said: “The past two weeks have seen commercial vehicles firmly in the spotlight with hauliers across the UK needing to prepare for an industry that will rapidly transform in just a decade. With the broadest range of vehicles, technology and expert advice all under one roof, the CV Show will be crucial in connecting operators with manufacturers to learn how they can best invest in a futureproof fleet.” 
 
The CV Show takes place 23-25 April at NEC Birmingham. 
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