The traffic commissioners for the North West and Scotland have announced they are vacating their posts, prompting a recruitment drive to appoint successors.

North West TC Gerallt Evans retires at the end of this month after four years in the position, although he will continue in the role of deputy traffic commissioner instead.

TC Gerallt Evans

TC Claire Gilmore

Claire Gilmore has also announced that after five years she is resigning from her post in Scotland from May in order to pursue new challenges.

Senior TC Richard Turfitt said: “I would like to publicly record my thanks to Gerallt and Claire for their contribution to road safety in Great Britain and their successes of the last four and five years, respectively.

“It has been a challenging period, continuing to serve the public whilst meeting challenges like the pandemic and driver shortages. Their work has strengthened the traffic commissioner tribunal.

“In addition to the hours spent on cases, education, and encouraging road transport businesses, they have led improvements in our data governance and quality assurance. I therefore wish Claire every success in the future and am grateful that Gerallt has decided to use his skills as a deputy traffic commissioner.”

Meanwhile, a new deputy TC Kenneth Young, has been appointed and will be based in Scotland.

Young is an advocate with a practice encompassing commercial litigation, administrative law, and public inquiries.

Turfitt added: “I am delighted that Kenneth has been appointed as a member of the team.

“He brings with him significant and varied experience and I am sure he will provide valuable support to the full-time commissioners as we face fresh challenges in workload and continue our modernisation plans.”

The role of a traffic commissioner is a permanent position with a time commitment of 42 hours a week. It attracts a salary of £113,862.