Over 950 visitors we welcomed though the door, and those that made the journey, were not to be disappointed. There was an action-packed line up of speakers in the three seminar rooms, where informative sessions ran throughout the day. Ray Seagrave kicked off proceedings in the newly named, ‘Lou Walsh PDI Zone’, and it was standing room only in this room for most of the day. Those brand-new to the industry, with a thirst for learning, were entertained, enthused and informed by experts, like Lynne Barrie, Stewart Lochrie and Mike Fowler, delivering relevant topics to help them on their own learning journey. Phil and Diana from Lou’s PDI Group delivered a particularly passionate and heartfelt session too.

In the adjoining seminar room, an eclectic mix of speakers covered ground on subjects as far reaching as disability driving, EVs, tax, road safety and Terry Cooke delivered his lively podcast once more. Abigail Holland updated delegates on the ‘Ready to Pass’ campaign.

The Live Stage was hosted in the main exhibition hall, and it was standing room only for many of these sessions. Amanda Lane from the DVSA kicked of proceedings around the importance of mock test, showing evidence on how it helps improve pass rates. Top trainers like Bob Morton, Tom Stenson, Mark Born and Andrew Love ensured the delegates were filled with useful knowledge to take into their daily routines. Loveday Ryder, CEO, DVSA, concluded proceedings, with over 250 instructors staying until the end of the day, keen to hang on her every word, with her insightful, industry update.

The expo area was a hive of activity throughout the day. ADI Network launched their brand-new, free to use app to help with diary management, Bill Plant Driving School entertained visitors with their giant Scalextric, and RED Driver Training was on hand to keep caffeine levels high throughout the day with their Landrover Defender coffee station. The Honest Truth dazzled with their impressive stand, and those wanting a rest could relax on the AA Driving School’s inviting sofas.

Headline sponsor AcciDONT pushed the boat out in the outdoor activity area with queues throughout the day to take part in their HGV reversing challenge. Instructors could also experience the usefulness of the emergency braking system first-hand, immerse themselves inVR in the Hazard Express van, and test drive up to 20 dual controlled EVs with their owners, of choose to drive a specially adapted vehicle, for those with disabilities too.

For all those who attended this record-breaking day, it was a thoroughly enjoyable, and exhilarating day, which celebrated all what is great and good about our driver training industry. Whilst challenges remain, the industry seems to be in rude health, and it was great to see so many enthusiastic instructors taking time out of their busy schedules to attend.

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