She will then relinquish her post as senior traffic commissioner, and also step down as traffic commissioner for the North West of England.
“I am delighted to serve as senior traffic commissioner and look forward to working with the department and my fellow commissioners as we work through the changes that will follow as a result of the Triennial Review,” comments Bell.
“Over the past four years, traffic commissioners have dealt with a range of significant issues arising in the operator licensing regime, but there is still more to be done,” she continues.
“Over the next 12 months we will concentrate on continuing to deliver our key objectives of reducing the burden on the compliant industry and targeting the serially and seriously non compliant to ensure our twin objectives of the promotion of road safety and fair competition.”
Bell says, however, that she will not be seeking reappointment from DfT (department for Transport) as senior traffic commissioner next Spring.
“In reflecting on my work, I feel that real progress has been made in challenging times for traffic commissioners and operators alike,” she says.
“I consider that, next Spring, the time will be right for the future challenges of fee and legislative reform to be taken forward under new leadership.”