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Frequently Asked Questions


Consulting – Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the call up letter and public inquiry brief?

The call up letters sets out the legal grounds upon which the Traffic Commissioner can take action against your licence. The brief is a copy of all the papers and evidence the Traffic Commissioner will take into account at the hearing

Who will look after me if I am called to Public Inquiry?

We have a specialist team of professionals who will take charge of each individual case who will work alongside Beverley in preparing and advising on next steps. They will look after you before, during and after the Public Inquiry.

Can you make the application for an O-licence for us?

Traffic Commissioners do not allow third parties to make applications for licences, but we can help you to make the application and guide you through the process from start to finish. We can correspond with the OTC on your behalf.

My transport manager has resigned, can you help?

Yes, we can! The Traffic Commissioner can grant a period of grace, but the applications must be made quickly, and we can make these applications for you to ensure the Traffic Commissioner has everything they need to enable it to succeed.

I have been called to a Public Inquiry, should I attend on my own?

We strongly advise all operators to have specialist representation at a Public Inquiry hearing. It is a tribunal, which is very much like a court of law, and a good representative can make all the difference to the final outcome.

I have been called to a Public Inquiry hearing, what can the Traffic Commissioner do?

The Traffic Commissioner has got wide ranging powers, which can range from a formal warning to actually taking your licence away and disqualifying you from operating in the future.

I have been called to a hearing for not running my bus service on time, what are the powers of the Traffic Commissioner?

As well as taking those powers off you, the Traffic Commissioner can also impose a fine which is a maximum of £500 per authorised vehicle. For example, a ten-vehicle fleet, the maximum fine could be £5000.

I have attended a PI hearing and I am not happy with the Traffic Commissioner’s decision, can you help with an appeal?

We assist operators who need to appeal a decision of the Traffic Commissioner, and we work with specialist solicitors and barristers to get the best result possible.

Who would represent us at the Public Inquiry hearing?

In many cases, Beverley will represent you, but in certain specialist cases, she may instruct a barrister to act on your behalf.