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DfT launches review into role of traffic commissioners

The Department for Transport has launched a review into the role, governance and funding arrangements of the traffic commissioner function. 

The eight traffic commissioners have responsibility in their region or county for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services.

They are assisted in this work by 11 deputy traffic commissioners, who preside over a number of public inquiries.

The review will consider whether the current role, delivery model, governance and funding arrangements are 'fit for the future', as well as current issues faced by the traffic commissioner function, such as the impact of the pandemic and increased workload.

It follows the publication of the traffic commissioners for Great Britain annual report.

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.”

Anyone with an interest in the traffic commissioner function, such as industry, local authorities, trade organisations and passenger groups, can take part in the consultation here.  

The recommendations of the review are expected to be published next spring.

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