Review of Traffic Commissioner function starts

Stakeholders are being encouraged to have their say as part of a review of the Traffic Commissioner function launched by the Government today [Wednesday 11 August].

It comes at the same time as the Traffic Commissioners publish their annual report and new Strategic Objectives for 2021-2023.

The review will consider the role, governance, and funding arrangements. The work will ensure the function is fit for the future, helping promote road safety.

The eight Traffic Commissioners 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 in this work by 11 deputy Traffic Commissioners, who preside over a number of public inquiries.

The 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 Traffic Commissioner function, such as the impact of the pandemic and increased workload.

An online consultation launched today will enable anyone with an interest, such as industry, local authorities, trade organisations and passenger groups to shape the future role of Traffic Commissioners.

Transport Minister, 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.”

The recommendations of the review are expected to be published next spring.

The consultation is available here: 

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