Last reviewed 1 August 2022

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have released their Annual Report for 2021 to 2022 providing updates on their strategic objectives for 2023 and evaluating the longer-term impact of the pandemic.

The report addresses issues such as: entrants to the road-haulage industry; the decision-making process; Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC); load security; maintenance; traction-only services; and driver welfare.

Available at GOV.UK, the 47-page report explains that the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are independent regulators for the goods vehicle and public service vehicle (PSV) industries and their professional drivers.

It discusses the problem of driver shortages and the incoming legislation on LGVs between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes as well as business recovery, legislative change, local bus services, better targeted regulation and helping compliant businesses.

Senior Traffic Commissioner, Richard Turfitt, said: “It has been a difficult year once more in the goods vehicle and PSV industries, with costs increasing and shortages affecting all operators, so we would like to acknowledge the hard work of our compliant operators in keeping our GB roads as safe as possible.”

The Annual Report also contains statistics describing the Commissioners’ licensing and regulatory activities which have included 15,748 operator licence applications and variations processed, 14,551 local bus registrations processed and 1392 public inquiries determined.

“We are committed to high-quality decision making against the standards set in legislation and to encouraging robust standards across the regulated industries”, Mr Turfitt concluded