Last reviewed 15 January 2021

Parliament’s Transport Select Committee has been looking into the work of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) as the first in a series of accountability hearings with the agencies of the Department for Transport (DfT).

The Agency’s Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, was invited to give evidence to MPs on the work of the DVSA and particularly on the suspension of driver and rider learning and testing due to coronavirus, the financial performance of the Agency and its future.

It was however a comment he made about the Traffic Commissioner service which caught the attention of David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, who has expressed strong disagreement with Mr Llewellyn’s views.

“To say the Traffic Commissioner service is ‘anachronistic’ and the haulage industry does not need its support totally ignores the huge benefits in safety and compliance which the service provides to the sector,” Mr Wells insisted.

During the early stages of the pandemic, he went on, the Traffic Commissioners supported industry to keep goods and services flowing to keep the country running, unlike DVSA which closed down all its services and only reacted to the urgent needs of operators when pushed by industry.

Describing it as a modern and forward-thinking approach, and not one rooted in the 20th century as Mr Llewellyn claimed, Mr Wells concluded: “The Traffic Commissioners kept their doors open to assist the work of our members throughout 2020.”