A Public Enquiry may arise from the following:
- Unsatisfactory Maintenance or Tachograph investigation
- An outstanding application
- A recent Health & Safety complaint
- Any unresolved issues with HM Revenue & Customs
- A recent prosecution
- Have you recently entered into administration
- Recent declaration of insolvency
- Recent environmental complaint
- Complaints from local residents regarding your application
- Complaints from local residents regarding your operation
Regardless of what you are called for it is of the utmost importance that you seek legal advice immediately as this may be the difference between a successful outcome or not.
The Traffic Commissioner has great powers and can (in the most serious cases) completely take away your right to hold an Operator’s Licence which may effectively put you out of a job. Preparation is key with any Public Inquiry so the sooner you seek advice the better!
Driver Conduct Hearing
If you have received a letter from the Traffic Commissioner’s office in relation to a hearing then please contact us for legal advice as soon as possible as your licence may be at risk.
Prosecutions in the UK
The team at Olliers Motor Law deal with the entire spectrum of motoring prosecutions and regularly (and successfully) defend motoring offences which include, but are not limited to all alcohol related offences (drink driving, drunk in charge etc), speeding and driving whilst using a mobile telephone. We regularly represent clients in relation to the totting provisions when a driver is at risk of disqualification due to the number of points on their licence and have an unparalleled record of successful results.
In addition to the enviable range of motor offences we are able to defend, we can also provide representation in respect of offences relating to drivers’ hours’ and falsification of records
If you face prosecution for an offence you MUST seek legal advice as soon as possible. Early representation/advice can be crucial in your ability to defend your case. If you have received a notice of intended prosecution, a summons or have been stopped by police and/or bailed to attend a police station then we would recommend speaking to one of our motoring specialists in the first instance.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) provides a range of licensing, testing and enforcement services with the aim of improving the roadworthiness standards of vehicles ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers while supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.
Operator Licences for Goods Vehicles
A new agency with responsibility for maintaining vehicle standards was launched on 28 November 2013. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) combined the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). The DVSA is responsible for dealing with all matters relating to Operator’s Licences.
Offences concerning Operator’s Licences can often be an extremely technical and complex area of the law. In general criminal cases, the vast majority of cases take place in the Magistrates’ Courts or the Crown Courts whereas with matters concerning Operator’s Licence, the Traffic Commissioner is King.
Operators can often commit offences without even realising and offences can be committed where operators fail to adhere to conditions attached to their licence. Some of the more serious offences can result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years and/or unlimited fine .
Our specialist motor law team at Olliers possess in depth knowledge of the legislation and procedures involved in all aspects of Operators’ Licensing. We can provide comprehensive assistance for the following:
- Application for operators licence
- Prosecutions in the UK
- Public Inquiry
- Driver Conduct Hearing