Beverley Bell is to step down from her roles as senior traffic commissioner (TC) and TC for the North West next year.
Bell, who became TC for the North West in 2000 and senior TC in 2012, will continue her current responsibilities until spring 2017.
However, she does not intend to seek reappointment from the DfT next year.
She said: “In reflecting on my work as STC I feel that real progress has been made in challenging times for traffic commissioners and operators alike. I consider that, next spring, the time will be right for the future challenges of fee and legislative reform to be taken forward under new leadership.
“Since my appointment as TC I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this important role and there is no doubt that I shall miss the cut and thrust of the public inquiry room as well as attending stakeholder events. “
She said the TC’s will continue to concentrate on reducing the burden on the compliant industry and targeting serially and seriously non-compliant operators over the next 12 months.
A spokesman for the Office of the Traffic Commissioner said the DfT will seek to appoint her successor for both of Bell’s roles.