The decline in the number of O-licences in circulation continues, according to the latest report from the traffic commissioners. The number of licences in issue fell by 3,000 last year, from 84,072 in 2011-12 to 80,894 in 2012-13. Licence numbers have been falling since 1999-2000 when there were 110,067 in circulation, with only 2002-03 and 2007-08 bucking the trend by showing slight increases. The latest report, published last week, shows 303 O-licences were revoked in 2012-13, compared with 322 in […]
As Beverley Bell prepared to step down from the role of senior traffic comissioner, senior legal reporter Ashleigh Wight went to visit the outgoing TC to hear what she’d learnt from her five years in post.
The long-standing row over the independence of the traffic commissioners (TCs) from Vosa has been laid to rest with the publication this week of a framework document. The document clearly sets out the roles of the TC, the Department for Transport (DfT) and its agencies. It has been signed by senior TC Beverley Bell and transport minister Mike Penning. The independence row was sparked following a letter from the DfT in late 2010 to the then senior TC Philip Brown, […]
Vosa has given its backing to the formation of an association for the owners of authorised testing facilities (ATFs) and said it wants to work in partnership with them. More than 50 ATF operators attended the inaugural meeting of the ATF Operators Association last week in Coventry, where Vosa senior business development manager Mark Warden stressed that, as the ATF network matures, “it is important Vosa has an association that it can have constructive dialogue with”. Warden admitted that the […]