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Transport Manager Refresher Training: have you done yours?

Posted by Jonny on Aug 12, 2016 in Latest News

Nick Denton, the Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East, has criticised a lack of knowledge and professionalism among transport managers called by him to public inquiry.

Whilst drivers are required to undertake refresher training, there is no such requirement for Traffic Commissioners. Nick Denton states that many transport managers “have not bothered to attend training since they qualified 20 or 30 years ago.”

This lack of knowledge of current legislation and best practice resulted in failures of legal compliance and lead to the summons to Public Inquiry. The Traffic Commissioner contrasted this attitude with that of those transport managers that he met at training events run by industry bodies, who appeared: “bright, dynamic, and keen to develop themselves professionally by undergoing regular training.”

Mr Denton said that a good transport manager would “take their continuous professional development seriously. But too many cannot be bothered, taking pride in being ‘old school’ (too often just a synonym for useless).”

He concluded with a word of warning for the employers of such individuals: “If you are an operator with one of these transport managers, please get them trained urgently, get someone else, or just surrender your licence to me now.”

 
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Senior Traffic Commissioner announces redeployment of Traffic Commissioners

Posted by Jonny on Aug 12, 2016 in Latest News

Senior Traffic Commissioner announces redeployment of Traffic Commissioners

 

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has announced that the existing Traffic Commissioner are being moved round, following the appointment of Nick Jones as the first, full time Traffic Commissioner for Wales.

Traffic commissioners Sarah Bell, Nick Denton and Kevin Rooney will be redeployed from 31 October 2016. At the same time, Nick Jones will vacate his role as Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands.

• Mr Jones will become the Traffic Commissioner for Wales.
• Mr Denton will become the Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands.
• Miss Bell will become the Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England.
• Mr Rooney will become the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England.
• Mr Rooney will retain his role as Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England in the interim.

The changes officially take effect from 31 October but transitional steps will take place in October. Senior Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell said:

“I congratulate my colleague, Mr Jones, on his appointment as the first, full time Traffic Commissioner for Wales. His commitment to proper regulation in the country is well established and I know his knowledge and expertise will be vital in setting up a full time service for operators and the travelling public.

“I am also confident that the redeployment of my fellow commissioners Mr Denton, Miss Bell and Mr Rooney will ensure these three diverse regions continue to be regulated efficiently, effectively and proportionately.”

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Content believed to be correct at time of writing 12.08.16

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