The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have published their annual report for 2019-20.
In the report, the commissioners:
- outline the approach they have taken to assist operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- provide an update on progress against their strategic targets
- report on their observations from the past year of regulating the road transport industries
- give their thanks to critical workers in the road transport industries, OTC staff, and DVSA staff for their hard work during the pandemic
Read the traffic commissioners’ annual report for 2019-20
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic
A large part of the report is dedicated to the flexible and pragmatic measures put in place to support and regulate the road transport industries during this difficult period. The report recognises our reliance on safe and reliable transport during the lock down period and the efforts of operators, transport managers, drivers and OTC staff.
The topics covered in this section include:
- a change in regulatory approach proportionate to the circumstances of the pandemic
- issuing practical advice for operators
- helping to ensure vehicle safety during lockdown
- working out a way of carrying out compliance checks
- working to introduce virtual training and remote audits
- supporting bus operations
Statistics for the year
The report contains the Office of the Traffic Commissioner’s stats for 2019-20. This covers both its licensing and regulatory functions.
Some of the key stats for the year are:
- 11,803 operator licence applications and variations processed
- 15,640 local bus registrations processed
- 1,541 public inquiries
- 318 preliminary hearings
- 17,937 driver conduct cases closed
Read ‘Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain publish 2019-20 annual report‘
The traffic commissioners (TCs) have announced an end to maintenance inspection interval relaxations from 1 September 2020. This is covered in the latest updated to their advice for operators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The traffic commissioners had agreed a risk-based approach during the COVID-19 pandemic where operators unable to access maintenance facilities could extend the usual maintenance intervals for their vehicles. As restrictions begin to lift, the commissioners have taken the decision to end this policy.
The update issued on 30 July 2020 also covers:
- an extension of temporary local bus service processes until 4 January 2021
- an increase in the notice period for service variations for Local Authorities from 24 hours to 72 hours in England and Scotland
- amending a registered local bus service to become a school or works bus service
- the use of additional vehicles on services
Read more about the latest updated to the traffic commissioners’ COVID-19 advice for operators