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 TC function, such as the impact of the pandemic and increased workload.
The review seeks views on:
- whether the functions carried out by traffic commissioners (TCs) are required
- how effectively and efficiently TCs carry out their role and duties
- whether the existing staffing and administration arrangements of Office of the Traffic Commissioner are effective or whether alternative arrangements are required
- if additional functions and responsibilities should be added to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner
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 TCs, who preside over a number of public inquiries.
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 TCs.
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.