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Category: Public Inquiries

Summoned to the Traffic Commissioner for Not Maintaining Your PSVs? 5 Awkward Questions You Can Expect to be Asked:

Maintenance failings are perhaps the single most common reason bus and coach operators are called in to Public Inquiry with the Traffic Commissioner. Often it starts with a roadside stop by the DVSA (VOSA) at which one of your vehicles is issued with a roadworthiness prohibition (a PG9). This is […]

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Operator Licences Held by Partnerships – A Risky Strategy

It can be very risky operating HGVs as a business partnership. You must know exactly what the rules are or you place your licence and your business at risk, and may even find yourself with a criminal record.   Consider the Following Nightmare Scenario: You are in a business partnership […]

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An Unforeseen Consequence of Being Your Own Transport Manager

If you hold an operator’s licence, there can be a number of advantages to being your own Transport Manager: You save a wage that you would otherwise have to pay. You can keep a proper overview of your drivers and their adherence to their drivers’ hours, working time and continuing […]

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How To Improve Your Chances at Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiry

  Getting called to a Public Inquiry before the Traffic Commissioner is a frightening experience for any operator. As a worst-case scenario, the Traffic Commissioner has the power to refuse or revoke your operating licence and even to disqualify you from holding one in the future. For this reason, many […]

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Operating Centres, Public Inquiries and the Traffic Commissioner

  Let’s face it, few people like living next to an Operating Centre. Whether you run a single truck or a fleet of 200 lorries, you can expect resistance from local residents. Typical complaints include: Vehicle noise Road congestion Damage to verges Dust Mud left on roads Entrance and exit […]

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Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries – 7 Frequently Asked Questions

  Operating a business involving HGVs or PSVs is a daunting task. Outside of the Aviation and Nuclear Industries, our Industry is one of the most tightly-regulated there is.   Even the most careful Operator can find themselves on the receiving end of a poor DVSA compliance audit. This might be […]

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Mobile Telephones, Public Inquiries, & Driver Conduct Hearings

  The Government has recently publicised its intention to impose greater penalties on drivers who are caught using hand-held mobile telephones. It should not be forgotten, however, that the Senior Traffic Commissioner has made it absolutely clear that it is unacceptable for vocational licence holders to use hand-held mobile phones […]

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