Operator licensing—Traffic Commissioners’ public inquiries
Produced in partnership with Vikki Woodfine of DWF LLP
Operator licensing—Traffic Commissioners’ public inquiries

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Vikki Woodfine of DWF LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Operator licensing—Traffic Commissioners’ public inquiries
  • Traffic Commissioners
  • Public inquiries
  • Environmental public inquiry
  • Issues regarding compliance with undertakings
  • Driver conduct hearings
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Reviews and appeals

In England, Wales and Scotland, operator licences are issued by Traffic Commissioners.

Traffic Commissioners are responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and passenger service vehicles (PSVs) as well as the registration of local bus services. For an overview of the operator licensing system generally, see Practice Note: Goods vehicle licensing.

The Traffic Commissioners are statutorily independent licensing authorities and they can also take action against the vocational entitlement of bus, coach and lorry drivers who commit road and certain other offences. Traffic Commissioners act under the direction of the Secretary of State.

The enforcement of the standards and requirements set down in an operator's licence and under road transport law is the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the police. For information on the powers that these agencies have and an overview of enforcement, see Practice Note: Heavy goods vehicles—enforcing transport compliance.

While in some locations the DVSA and the local Traffic Commissioner share the same office premises, they are separate bodies performing separate functions. However, some DVSA employees do work for the Office of the Traffic Commissioner in terms of processing licence applications.

Traffic Commissioners

There are currently eight Traffic Commissioners in England, Scotland and Wales. They are assisted by a number of deputies across each region as well. The post

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