A breath of fresh air: traffic commissioner speaks at IRTE conference09 August 2018

Nick Jones

Nick Jones was appointed as the first full-time traffic commissioner for Wales in 2016, after previously combining that role with the same responsibility in the West Midlands. A funding deal cast between England’s Department for Transport and the Welsh government provided the extra resources to establish an office in Cardiff.

Jones discussed his intentions for the role in a session in front of the National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee on 19 January 2017: “I’m going to improve communication with public bodies, industry and the Welsh government, including facilitating communications.”

He went on to say, for example, that he regrets the withdrawal of funding that, at the beginning of his career, allowed traffic commissioners to be able to speak to PSV operators or HGV operators and target the ones that were particularly problematic. Although trade associations currently conduct much training, not every operator belongs to one. He added: “It may be a sheep farmer in north Wales who just needs to have a dialogue and to understand what he or she can do to improve safety.”

He concluded: “Wales has suffered because it’s had far less traffic commissioner presence and there’s been far less regulation.”

Having been in the post for almost two years, Nick Jones speaks at the IRTE conference, 27 September 2018 at the Leicester Marriott.

Will Dalrymple

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