The IAAF has announced that it will welcome MEP Daniel Dalton as keynote speaker to its 2018 Annual Conference, due to take place on 6 December at DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes.
Dalton has been a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands since January 2015. For the last three years he has been lead negotiator for the Parliament’s third largest group, the European Conservatives and Reformists, on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), which plays a key role in shaping European motor vehicle legislation.
In 2016, Dalton was appointed Rapporteur (Draftsman) on the Regulation revising the type approval and market surveillance framework, the primary European legislative response to the Dieselgate scandal, which also revised EU rules on access to repair and maintenance information. It was Dalton’s involvement that helped significantly influence the changes to Type Approval – a constant theme of IAAF’s own lobbying activities – that saw him visit a Birmingham-based independent garage alongside IAAF’s Wendy Williamson, gaining insight first hand on how crucial maintaining aftermarket access was to in-vehicle data.
Dalton was instrumental in getting the legislation through the EU Commission, Council and Parliament, when the Regulation was finally adopted in April 2018, after more than two years of negotiations.
He has now been appointed Rapporteur on the revised regulation on the type approval of two and three wheel vehicles and quadricycles, working on a number of European legislative cases involving vehicle data access.
The Annual Conference – this year sponsored by Impression Communications – will include an extensive line-up of influential key speakers from across the automotive industry, aiming to discuss among other topics the latest developments in technology, as well as address current issues from both the UK and Europe. This will be followed by the Annual Awards Dinner, to be held at the same venue, billed as one of the highlights on the industry event calendar.
Once again the Conference is expected to attract an audience of at least 100 attendees, most of whom will include parts suppliers, distributors, garages, as well as representatives from the industry and aftermarket trade press.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’re delighted that Daniel will be our keynote speaker at this year’s conference. This is an absolute coup, not just for us but for the audience, who can expect a thoroughly engaging discussion from him.
“He has been and continues to be hugely influential in helping us overcome some of the industry’s biggest challenges and his presence will demonstrate just how big an advocate of the aftermarket he is. We are all relishing the prospect of what he has to say on Type Approval and Brexit, in what will be one of the highlights of a very interesting and extensive speaker line-up, of which more will be revealed shortly!”