Operating Centres and the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

It is an offence to use a place as an Operating Centre without authority from the Traffic Commissioner. A change or additionaly Operating Centre will require a Major Variation application.

Normally there is a requirement to advertise the application but not if:

 The application is for a temporary change which does not extend beyond the London Olympics period. (This begins 4 weeks before the opening ceremony on 27 July 2012 and ends with the 5th day after the Paralympics closing ceremony which is on 9 September 2012);

  1. The variation applied for has a connection with the London Olympics;
  2. There would not be sufficient time to dispose of the application before the beginning of the London Olympics period;
  3. The circumstances in which the application is being made are such that it could not have been made in sufficient time to be disposed of before the beginning of that period;

 The Senior Traffic Commissioner has stated that this is not intended to provide a device to circumvent poor planning by an operator. However, the Traffic Commissioners recognise that events beyond an operator’s control may arise.  These rules are intended as a contingency arrangement to allow abridged notice applications for a temporary period.

Traffic Commissioners will firstly need to determine that the application is properly made pursuant to.  Factors to be considered when determining this will include:

  1. The chronology of events leading to the application;
  2. The period for which the variation is required;
  3. The reasons why the application was not made earlier;
  4. Third party evidence supporting the urgent nature of the application.

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