The new Senior Traffic Commissioner for England and Wales has been appointed by Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary. Richard Turfitt has been announced to take over the role from Beverly Bell. Richard Turfitt, said:
“I am excited to be asked to take up the role of Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain”
New Traffic Commissioners and Deputy Traffic Commissioners have also been announced. They are Tim Blackmore OBE and Simon Evans who have been appointed as traffic commissioners for the North East and the North West respectively and will take up their new roles from May 2017.
The Secretary of State has also appointed 4 new deputy traffic commissioners:
- Mark Hinchliffe as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England
- Jayne Salt as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England
- Laura Thomas as Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the East of England
- Hugh Olson in Scotland
What is the role of a traffic commissioner? They are responsible for the regulation of bus, coach and goods vehicle operators, and registration of local bus services. Where appropriate, they can call operators to a public inquiry to examine concerns about vehicle and driver safety. They also deal with professional drivers at conduct hearings.
Colonel Tim Blackmore currently heads the British Forces Post Office and was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1992. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Chartered Management Institute.
Simon Evans is currently a Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and Independent Member (Chair) of the Parole Board for England and Wales. He was previously a Fee Paid Judge on the Social Entitlement Chamber and a Lay Member (Chair) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel.
We congratulate them all on their appointments and applaud their determination to support compliant Operator Licence Holders.