Local authorities are being encouraged to have their say on the role of traffic commissioners, as the DfT seeks to ensure the function is ‘fit for the future’.
The eight traffic commissioners (TCs) have responsibility in their region or county for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services. They are assisted by 11 deputy TCs, who preside over a number of public inquiries.
Transport minister Baroness Vere says they ‘play a key role in road safety’, including by helping to ensure that people who operate HGVs and coaches are ‘reputable’.
A newly-launched review will consider whether the current role, delivery model, governance and funding arrangements are fit for the future, as well as current issues faced by the TC function, such as the impact of the pandemic and increased workload. An online consultation will enable anyone with an interest, such as industry, local authorities, trade organisations and passenger groups, to shape the future role of TCs.
Baroness Vere said: “Traffic commissioners play a key role in road safety, including helping ensure that people who operate HGVs and coaches are reputable, that there is fair competition between operators and that public inquiry proceedings are fair. “I want to ensure that this important function is as effective as possible, which is why I have launched a thorough review and encourage anyone with an interest to have their say.”
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