The industry has been given a chance to say whether the role and functions of the traffic commissioners are required, after the government launched a consultation into their work.
The review also offers an opportunity to comment on the current delivery model, governance and funding arrangements of the eight TCs and 11 deputy TCs, as well as issues faced by their function amid the pandemic and their increased workload.
Questions asked in the consultation include:
- How far do you agree or disagree that the function of holding public inquiries is necessary?
- Who would you prefer to hold public inquiries?
- How do you think, if at all, that the provision of DVSA staff to the OTC affects the independence of the Traffic Commissioners function?
The 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 consultation can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-traffic-commissioners-for-great-britain-function and it closes on 8 September, with recommendations expected to be published next spring.