CPT says give more budgetary control to Traffic Commissioners
Responding to a consultation into the function of Traffic Commissioners, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has praised the work they do but highlighted that more budgetary control would help them overcome resourcing issues which have in recent years led to delays to their services.
CPT notes the ability of Traffic Commissioners to provide their services has in recent years been constrained by availability of resources and staffing, which has led to delays. To overcome this, Traffic Commissioners should be given more budgetary control and independence from the DVSA, according to CPT. The trade body believes this would allow them to address issues around staffing and resources and ensure that operators receive a decision as quickly as possible.
“They must now be given more budgetary control so they can continue to perform their role in a timely manner” – CPT’s Operations Director, Keith McNally
CPT’s Operations Director, Keith McNally, said: “Traffic Commissioners have unrivalled knowledge of the public service vehicle industry and are experts on the issues in their local area. Their role is vital to many functions across our sector, from making sure bus registrations are held centrally to providing fair, transparent hearings in cases of misconduct or public inquiries.
“Staffing and resourcing issues have in the past led to delays to the Traffic Commissioners being able to provide their services, but we know they have always worked to reduce delays as much as possible. They must now be given more budgetary control so they can continue to perform their role in a timely manner.”