Richard Turfitt to succeed Beverley Bell as senior traffic commissioner

George Barrow
April 20, 2017


Richard Turfitt has been named as senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell's successor by transport minister John Hayes.

Currently the traffic commissioner (TC) for the East of England, he will begin his new role on 1 June 2017.

Turfitt has been TC for the East of England since 2008, and worked as a government prosecutor for more than a decade.

Hayes said: "I’m delighted Richard will be the new senior traffic commissioner, following his tenure as traffic commissioner for the East of England.

"His knowledge and vast experience means he is well-placed to regulate services appropriately, and I wish him all the best in this important role.

Turfitt, said he was excited to take up the role of senior traffic commissioner for Great Britain.

"There is no doubt I have a hard act to follow and I want to thank Beverley for her work over the last five years.

"We have a strong, dedicated team of traffic commissioners and I look forward to continuing that work with them, to support responsible, compliant operators and drivers and focus our scrutiny on those who pose serious risks to safety standards," he said.

Bell, who announced she would be stepping down from her role last year, said: "Richard has been an unstinting source of support for me in my time as senior traffic commissioner and I feel comfortable leaving the role in his capable hands."

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George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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