Nick Jones, the part time Traffic Commissioner for Wales, is to become that country’s first ever full time Traffic Commissioner. Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates, has confirmed Welsh Government funding for the post. Nick, who is currently Traffic Commissioner for Wales and the West Midlands, is to begin his full time role on 1 October 2016, vacating his role in the West Midlands.
Following this appointment, Traffic Commissioners Sarah Bell, Nick Denton and Kevin Rooney will be redeployed from 31 October 2016. Nick Denton will be the Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands, based in Birmingham. Sarah Bell will be the Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England, based in Eastbourne. Kevin Rooney will be the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England, based in Bristol but will retain his role in the North East of England in the interim. The changes will officially take effect from 31 October but transitional arrangements will be made during the month of October to prepare for the redeployments and ensure that licensing and regulatory activities are not affected.
Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, said, ‘I congratulate my colleague, Mr Jones, on his appointment as the first, full time Traffic Commissioner for Wales. His commitment to proper regulation in the country is well established and I know his knowledge and expertise will be vital in setting up a full time service for operators and the travelling public. I am also confident that the redeployment of my fellow commissioners Mr Denton, Miss Bell and Mr Rooney will ensure these three diverse regions continue to be regulated efficiently, effectively and proportionately.’
Director of Bus Users Cymru, Margaret Everson, said, ‘Bus Users Cymru very much welcomes the establishment of a full time Traffic Commissioner for Wales, and looks forward to continuing to work with Nick Jones to monitor bus operators’ performance, utilising our three, full time Bus Compliance Officers.’