Hewitts Solicitors - Road Traffic & Transport Offences

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are calling on truck, bus and coach operators to prioritise their approach to compliance – and make sure that they are getting the basics right.

In their latest annual report to the Secretary of State for Transport, the industry regulators explore the safety and licensing issues which frequently come before them at public inquiry. Those operators consistently fail to:

• download driver cards and vehicle unit data and compare them
• use up to date safety inspection paperwork
• notify material changes
• demonstrate effective brake testing
• carry out regular driver licence checks

Operators are reminded about the ‘disciplined duty’ to make sure everything is in order, as well as the importance of learning lessons from cases where other licence holders fail to carry out routine checks. Compliant operators are reminded that they must remain vigilant.

The issue of transport managers who do not carry out their work properly – and those who simply act as a name on the licence – remains a real concern for the regulators.

Operators who are seriously or serially non compliant will be identified and brought to public inquiry quickly. Those who should not qualify for a licence or try to get back in after being removed from the industry will also be identified. Improved service standards and quicker decisions on applications will only be available to those licence holders who can demonstrate compliance.

If you require any advice on compliance issues call Callum Terry or one of the team, free on 0800 304 7740.

About the author

Callum is the head of the Motor and Transport team.  He is a solicitor with over 15 years of experience dealing with road traffic and transport matters.