Must See & Hear – 2024 Road Transport Expo (RTX) Knowledge Zone

*Conference programme brings experts together to share industry knowledge on essential topics

If you are responsible for the safe and compliant management of an HGV fleet, then the 2024 Road Transport Expo (RTX) Knowledge Zone conference will be a must-attend event for you.

Taking place across all three days of the free-to-attend summer tradeshow, the Knowledge Zone will bring together road transport experts to explore essential topics such as truck safety and technology, fleet decarbonisation, vehicle development, industry trials and much more.

“We have developed a conference programme that will provide insightful expertise on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s fleet operators,” said Hayley Tayler, events and projects editor at MT publisher Road Transport Media.

“It’s ideal for fleet managers or senior decision-makers wanting to keep abreast of industry hot topics, so we would love for you to join us this summer.”

The Knowledge Zone is located at the heart of the venue, with an easy-access layout enabling you to drop in and out of those sessions relevant to you while exploring the rest of the show.

Day one will open with a keynote from DVSA director of enforcement Marian Kitson, followed by a topical debate with the RHA, Logistics UK and Motor Transport Editor Steve Hobson on key policy and regulatory challenges to be aware of for the year ahead.

Also on day one will be the first of two ‘Big Debates’, bringing together all the leading truck-makers and a selection of new entrants to the market to explore the future of HGV technology.

You’ll be able to take part in a need-to-know session after lunch, run by Logistics UK, focusing on topical issues such as cybersecurity and freight crime.

The full conference programme will be published online next month, but take a look in the box below for some of the great names already confirmed to participate.

RTX takes place from 4-6 June at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire and is completely free to attend and to park.


The RTX Knowledge Zone is growing every day and will bring together experts from across the industry. Confirmed so far are:

  • Marian Kitson, director of enforcement, DVSA
  • Bill Esterton, shadow transport minister
  • Dr Bob Moran, deputy director, head of decarbonisation strategy, DfT
  • Michelle Gardner, deputy director, policy, Logistics UK
  • Chris Ashley, head of policy – environment and regulation, RHA
  • Sam Clarke, chief vehicle officer, Gridserve
  • Dr Isabella Panovic, programme manager (zero-emission road freight), Innovate UK
  • Mike Dawbar, field intelligence officer, Freight Desk, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service
  • Ian Dennis, business development director, Zenobē
  • Mark Cartwright, head of commercial vehicles, Incident Prevention Team, National Highways
  • Nick Handy, head of product management, MAN Truck & Bus
  • John McLeister, chief commercial officer, Hydrogen Vehicle Systems
  • John Comer, product manager, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland
  • James Venables, head of future sustainability, Mercedes-Benz Trucks
  • Guy Heywood, vice president of sales, marketing and business strategy, Hankook Tire Europe
  • Steve Powell, product manager and alternative propulsion lead, Iveco
  • Shaun O’Connor, regional sales manager, Sany E-Trucks/Putzmeister

Join the Buzz

With its ‘all about the truck’ mantra, RTX features a vast 200-plus exhibitor line-up of the latest vehicles, equipment and fleet services.

All the major HGV OEMs will be at the show – DAF, Iveco, Isuzu Trucks, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Scania and Volvo – with their latest vehicle ranges to explore on the stands or take for a test drive over at the Ride & Drive zone (or simply a ride in the passenger seat if you prefer).

RTX is also a perfect opportunity to catch up with your industry colleagues and make those all-important new business connections.

To make the most of your day, why not take a browse on to help you decide which stands to put on your ‘must visit’ list. You can filter by a simple A-Z search of company names, or by product type that you are interested in.