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Senior Traffic Commissioner appointed

The North Western Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell has been appointed as the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain.

Her appointment for a four-year term is a statutory role, where the responsibilities are set out by the Local Transport Act 2008.

Mrs Bell, who performed the roles of Deputy and then Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner following the retirement of Philip Brown, will continue in her role as Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England.

The 2008 Act allows the Senior Traffic Commissioner to give guidance and general directions on a range of matters to her fellow commissioners in England, Scotland and Wales, after consulting with key stakeholders.

One of her urgent tasks when she acted as Deputy and Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner was to work with fellow commissioners to develop the first set of Statutory Senior Traffic Commissioner Directions and Guidance Documents, issued on 02 December 2011.

In accepting the appointment as Senior Traffic Commissioner, Mrs Bell remarked: “I am delighted to take on this very important role for the next four years.”

“Although the introduction of the Statutory Guidance and Directions provided greater clarity about the work of the traffic commissioners, there is still much work to be done in conjunction with the Department for Transport, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and other Government agencies.

“Commissioners want to ensure that we maintain our effectiveness and success as regulators but also look at ways of modernising that regulation.

“We also want to continue to make Britain’s roads safer and competition in the commercial vehicle industry fairer, seeing the seriously non compliant commercial vehicle operators targeted effectively. This will require close working with VOSA, to outline the requirements of the regulator, and by extension the expectations of the industry.

“Our regulation as traffic commissioners depends entirely on referrals from VOSA and other Government agencies and so I look forward to working with the CEO of VOSA to achieve the traffic commissioners’ mission statement of championing safe, fair and reliable passenger and goods transport.

“Commissioners will also look to promote the value of a compliant industry to members of the public who use buses and coaches. We will be issuing new guidance to bus operators on punctuality and reliability after consulting with relevant stakeholders over the coming months”.

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