Abusive behaviour, disqualification and penalties for using mobile phones are among the issues addressed in proposed changes to the Statutory Document relating to Vocational Driver Conduct.

Professional drivers, commercial vehicle operators, legal representatives and those interested in road safety are invited to comment on the proposals, which have been made by the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Richard Turfitt.

The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Document No 6 on Vocational Driver Conduct is part of a system intended to ensure that drivers are fit to drive large commercial vehicles, and is used by Traffic Commissioners when making decisions in individual cases.

The guidance also includes what the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain describe as “helpful information for drivers and those who employ them or are responsible for their management”.

Explaining the motivation for revising the current Statutory Document, Mr Turfitt said that many of the amendments recognise changes in the law and also decisions made on appeal.

“Our aim is to provide clear guidance and continue to improve transparency in the way we come to our decisions,” he said. “Without a framework, we would not be in a position to ensure consistent and fair regulation of the transport industry or to continue to modernise the licensing regime.”

The changes proposed to Statutory Document No 6 concern: driver disqualification; abusive behaviour and intimidation of officials; hearing cases when drivers fail to attend without notice; and additional language support for drivers during hearings.

Increased penalties for mobile phone use, cases involving armed services personnel, and aggravating features that Traffic Commissioners should take into account are also addressed in the draft guidance.

The consultation, which is open until 23 July, can be found at GOV.UK website.

Last reviewed 3 June 2019