Regulators launch consultation on professional driver conduct guidance

Views sought on revisions to statutory document


The Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain has today (29 May 2019) called on professional drivers, commercial vehicle operators, legal representatives and road safety stakeholders to take part in a review of guidance on the conduct of drivers.


The consultation looks at the Commissioner’s existing statutory document for vocational licence holders and proposes a number of changes.


  • the starting points for taking action against professional drivers


  • cases involving Armed Service Personnel


  • case examples of how drivers will be dealt with


The purpose of the driver conduct process is to ensure lorry, bus and coach drivers are fit to drive large commercial vehicles.


Traffic commissioners are responsible for regulating these drivers and can take action against them for failing to meet the relevant standards.


The statutory document helps traffic commissioners to be consistent in their decision-making and contains useful information for drivers and those who employ them.


Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, Richard Turfitt, said:


“Our aim is to provide clear guidance and continue to improve transparency in the way we come to our decisions. 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.


“I encourage professional drivers and their employees, as well as our other key stakeholders, to review our proposals and give us feedback on the intended changes.”


The consultation runs until 23 July 2019.