Tag: Traffic Commissioner

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner Asks – Is your Satnav fit for purpose?

In the period of 2020/2021, there were 1624 incidents involving the Network Infrastructure alone. Many of these incidents involve commercial vehicles using inappropriate routes for their vehicle height or weight limit. Each of these incidents creates congestion and risks the safety of other road users; as well as significant financial implications for both local services and councils. Following a bridge impact in St. Helens, a public inquiry was held and concluded that among many other issues; such as expired license, failure…

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Office of the Traffic Commissioner Updates Covid-19 Advice

The main changes involve the registration of local bus services and are: Services operating under a temporary variation can continue doing so until 31 March 2022 (previously 31 December 2021) No new temporary variations using the shortened process can be accepted for services in England and Wales from 1 January 2022, and from 1 February 2022 for services registered in Scotland Operators of coach services that are registered as local services are encouraged to work with local authorities…

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Gov.uk release two new pages to tackle HGV shortage

Through a combination of the Department for Transport, Department for Education, the Home Office, Ministry of Defence & the Cabinet Office; the UK Government have released two new sites to attempt to tackle the current UK HGV driver shortage. The first is targeted hub, designed to display and highlight news, updates and advice related to the HGV industry; which can be found at [this link]. The other is a blog called [The Education Hub]; which presently covers topics such as the Governments'…

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Traffic Commissioners launch Twitter account

The following is taken from an email circular output by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are launching their Twitter account today. Our tweets will be geared towards road safety and compliance in the HGV and PSV areas. Follow us to keep up to date with our latest releases. The twitter handle we are using is @TrafficCommsGB and we are Twitter Verified.

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Application from ‘phoenix’ business rejected

The following was taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner within the last week: The Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands (Nick Denton) recently refused an application for a standard national goods vehicle operator’s licence because  it was a clear example of a ‘phoenix’ business, one that is effectively seeking to continue a revoked licence. You can read the full circular, plus see details concerning Nick Denton's decision at this [link].

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Operator whose vehicle struck a bridge finds their licence being curtailed

The following is taken from an email circular output by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: A number of incidences of commercial vehicles striking bridges have been reported across the national press in recent weeks. Traffic commissioners have previously issued advice to operators on steps they can take to prevent ‘bridge strikes’. In addition to the potentially catastrophic road safety issues, there are serious financial implications to these accidents, as well as travel delays for commuters. There are also serious implications for…

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Have you changed your contact details?

The following is taken from an email circular released by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner: It is important for you and your business that your email address, telephone number and postal address held by us is correct. If your contact details are not correct you may not receive important correspondence from the traffic commissioner that may affect your operator’s licence. Click to edit this placeholder text. To check, log into your VOL self service account today. Don’t have a self service account?  Visit https://www.gov.uk/manage-vehicle-operator-licence to register

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Changes to the Drivers’ CPC

The following is taken from an email circular released by the DVSA: Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training is to be monitored by DVSA to ensure drivers are not unnecessarily repeating training as part of the 35-hour requirement. This follows a review of Driver CPC training and recommendations made by the European Commission which the Government has adopted. What this means for drivers DVSA will monitor drivers records to identify periodic training that doesn’t support their professional driver development…

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