Traffic Commissioner’s revised guidance
Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Beverley Bell, has published a revised set of statutory documents. The changes will see the introduction of a streamlined process for direct transport manager replacements and additional nominations. For the first time, a role description for transport managers and what they are expected to do is provided. A new approach to transport manager working hours has been outlined. Extended delegations so that traffic commissioner staff can take more decisions on behalf of the TCs is to be implemented. Quicker decision making, communications and greater guidance for dealing with incomplete applications has been outlined in the documents. Processes will take less serious cases out of public inquiry listings, meaning that tribunal resources are targeted at the serially non-compliant. New guidance on driver conduct is also provided, including case studies that operators can use to train and educate employees. The changes are intended to reduce the burden on compliant operators, targeting those who put road safety at risk and achieving more consistent outcomes when dealing with the conduct of professional drivers.
Beverley Bell said, ‘The changes to the statutory documents are designed to streamline processes, extend delegation to our staff and give better guidance so that decisions can be made more quickly. These changes will help to deliver a more efficient and effective licensing regime for compliant operators.’
The revised guidance will take effect on 1 January 2016.