Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry – 5 Do’s and Don’ts

A Public Inquiry hearing with the Traffic Commissioner is a serious matter. Preparation is vital. If you know what to expect and what you need to do, you will stand a far better chance of a good outcome. Below, we look at some do’s and don’t for operators who are facing a hearing with the Traffic Commissioner. For more information, you can also read our article: “Facing a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry? – 3 Things You Can Do to Prepare”

 5 Public Inquiry Do’s

  • Do take the time to carefully read all the papers sent to you by the Traffic Commissioner – then read them again.
  • Do act fast to fix the concerns raised in the call-in papers.
  • Do consider whether you need to undergo further training (eg: a Transport Manager’s refresher course, or an Operator Licence Awareness Course).
  • Do make sure that you provide the Traffic Commissioner with the information requested in the call in letter in good time.
  • Do seek legal representation as soon as possible and read our Guide to Appearing at a Public Inquiry Before a Traffic Commissioner

5 Public Inquiry Don’ts

  • Don’t bury your head in the sand. These are important legal proceedings and there is usually much that can be done to rectify concerns before the date of the Inquiry.
  • Don’t assume you can get the Inquiry moved to a new date. The Traffic Commissioner will usually only allow this in exceptional circumstances.
  • Don’t assume the hearing will always be in private. A Public Inquiry is a public hearing, and occasionally members of the public and other interested parties will attend to observe
  • Don’t turn up late. The call-in letter will usually require you to attend at least an hour before the hearing.
  • Don’t panic. A call to a Public Inquiry can be extremely stressful. You should strongly consider engaging legal representation to guide you through the process.

At Rothera Sharp our Public Inquiry solicitors offer free initial consultations and fixed fees. Call us today on 0115 910 6218.