Beverley Bell opens consultation on regulation of vocational drivers

An eight week consultation on the regulation of professional drivers has been launched by Beverley Bell, the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain.

The consultation invites views on proposed revisions to the STC’s Statutory Document on Vocational Driver Conduct, which was first issued in 2011.

It will also form part of the traffic commissioners’ key strategic objectives for 2014/15 – to review and modernise the regulation of lorry, bus and coach drivers.

Launching the consultation, Mrs Bell said: “Professional drivers carry out the frequently challenging work of transporting goods or passengers across Great Britain and on the continent.

“This consultation is a key part of our work around the regulation of those drivers.  I therefore encourage the commercial vehicle industry, stakeholders, safety groups and other interested parties to respond and help inform how traffic commissioners deal with the conduct of professional drivers.”

The consultation focuses on a number of areas including consistent decision-making, serious offending and informing professional drivers of standards.

To access the consultation document visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/vocational-driver-conduct-revised-statutory-document