Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries

Called to a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry? Get Expert Legal Representation Today

Being called to a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry can be a nerve wracking experience. It can have a catastrophic effect on your business and your reputation. Seeking legal advice at the first opportunity is crucial.

Our transport lawyers specialise in representing operators and transport managers at Public Inquiry hearings across the UK. Fixed fees available.

Call us now for a free initial consultation on 0115 9106218 or email

Reasons to Hold a Public Inquiry

A Public Inquiry is a type of court hearing held by the Traffic Commissioner. Common reasons you can be called to Public Inquiry include:

  • Maintenance failings
  • Tachograph and drivers hours offences
  • Failing to keep proper records
  • Insufficient financial standing
  • Environmental complaints
  • Criminal convictions
  • Concerns about your good repute

You can also be called to Public Inquiry if you are applying for a new operator’s licence, or if you are a Transport Manager attached to a licence.

Possible Outcomes

Traffic Commissioners have very wide powers over your Operator’s Licence. They can:

  • Revoke it
  • Suspend it
  • Reduce your authorisation
  • Attach conditions
  • Issue you with a warning

They also have the power to disqualify you from holding an O licence in the future and to refuse applications for a new licence.

How We Can Help You and Your Business

 Once instructed we act fast. We will:

  • Meet with you as soon as possible to review your call in papers, take your instructions and advise you.
  • Work closely with you to fix any compliance problems as soon as possible.
  • Liaise with the Traffic Commissioner and DVSA on your behalf.
  • Appear with and represent you at your Public Inquiry Hearing

We understand how important these proceedings are to your business, your reputation and your peace of mind.

What Happens During a Public Inquiry?

 A Public Inquiry is a type of court hearing. Broadly speaking the procedure is as follows:

  • The Traffic Commissioner will outline the allegations against you
  • You will have the opportunity to answer them
  • You will be cross examined on your answers
  • In some cases, DVSA officers will attend to give evidence
  • Closing submissions will be made
  • The Traffic Commissioner will reach a decision

We will represent you throughout the hearing, and will:

  • Refer the Traffic Commissioner to the relevant legislation and case law
  • Take you through your evidence
  • Cross examine other witnesses if required
  • Enter legal submissions on your behalf
  • Propose possible courses of action

Speak to a transport lawyer today on 0115 910 6218 for a free, confidential consultation, or see our Guide for Appearing at Public Inquiry.