In 2016 the Government published the conclusions of the Review of the Traffic Commissioners. This outlined a number of proposals for reform of the operator licensing system.
The response broadly supported the continuation of the Traffic Commissioners and the existing operators licensing regime in its current form, but did outline some changes that the Government intends to pursue, including some which will require amendment to primary legislation.
The response categorised the recommendations of the Review report – 6 of which were proposed by the Department itself and 18 by the external consultants – into those where implementation has already begun, those under consideration of the Buses Bill, those which could be implemented quickly without legislative change, those where implementation is planned but will require legislative change, and finally those where the Department has considered that no further action is necessary or has decided that the recommendation should not be taken forward.
The Government has indicated that processes for legislative changes are unlikely to commence before 2019.
What is FTA campaigning for?
FTA has pressed the Government to hasten the reform programme so that operators can benefit from a more effective regulatory system including quicker application processes.
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FTA response to Triennial Review