In an industry burdened for better or worse with myriad regulations the launch of a consultation into the Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Guidance and Directions represents an opportunity for things to get a little less complicated.
As a result anyone who holds an Operator’s licence could do worse than sift through the documents that the Senior TC is now asking for feedback on.
The background to the consultation is that The Local Transport Act 2008 introduced a new statutory role for the Senior TC, who until that point had been operating under an administrative function only.
This change also provided an opportunity for the STC in his new role to “rationalise, simplify and improve” the current Guidance and Directions.
Up until now Gs and Ds have been issued as and when and could do with tidying up and being whittled down so that clear information exists about how TCs make their decisions and how operators can continue to run legally.
This has now been completed and there are now 12 statutory G and D documents that the STC has created and on which he is consulting stakeholders.
These include appeals, delegation of authority, impounding, financial standing, operating centres, transport managers and so on.
It is hoped that by simplifying the process and making explicitly clear what is expected of operators in order to comply there will be fewer PIs and fewer cases submitted to the TCs for consideration. VOSA should also benefit by improving its own efficiencies and reducing case handling time.
The Freight Transport Association says it is currently analysing the documents and investigating their impact on freight operators; it will respond in due course.
However, anyone with a vested interest in this industry can respond; after all, if someone was claiming that a process was underway that aims to make it easier for you to know how to comply you’d want to get involved, wouldn’t you?
See: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/ for more information about the consultation. The closing date is 25 February.
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