6 December 2023
Whilst many public inquiries arise out of incidents such as bridge strikes, lost wheels, insecure loads, or are the result of follow-up enquiries after prohibitions have been issued at annual test or at the roadside, a sizable number are often as a direct result of applications made by an operator. This could be an application for a new additional licence or to increase the number of authorised vehicles, to specify a new operating centre, or even add a new transport manager. If everything is not in order with the operator’s business, the application could be subject to increased scrutiny, a DVSA investigation and ultimately an appearance before the traffic commissioner. Licence holders should therefore think twice about their operations before making an application. Andrew Woolfall, Director at Backhouse Jones Solicitors, examines this issue.