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13. 01. 2020 17:01

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Traffic Commissioners appointed for the north west of England and Wales

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has appointed two new Traffic Commissioners (TC).

Gerallt Evans will be the new Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and Victoria Davies will be the new Traffic Commissioner for Wales. 

It follows a recruitment process that started in July 2019.

They both take up their posts in February ,replacing North West TC Simon Evans (who has stepped back to return to his previous post as a Deputy TC) and Wales TC Nick Jones who has been compulsorily retired due to age under Government legislation.

However, the legislation allows Nick Jones to continue as a Deputy TC, which he will do.

Senior Traffic Commissioner, Richard Turfitt, says: "They bring valuable experience of legal process and regulation, which will be used to great effect in serving the communities of their respective traffic areas."

Gerallt Evans (pictured, below) has extensive experience working in the legal profession with 30 years of experience as a solicitor. For nearly all this time, he has worked as a prosecutor for the CPS either in Wales or at its London HQ.

Gerallt Evans Traffic Commissioners are responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches

He is currently Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor with responsibility for all prosecutions in Magistrates Courts in Wales.

Victoria Davies (pictured, below) has 25 years legal experience. Since 2010, she has worked as a senior lawyer managing the transport team for the Welsh Government.

Before that, she spent eight years working for Department for Transport as a senior advisory lawyer for various divisions including for the Road Transport Advisory Division.

Victoria Davies Traffic Commissioner Wales TC

Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, says: "I welcome the appointment of Victoria Davies as the new Traffic Commissioner for Wales.

"I look forward to our continued close working with the Department for Transport and the Senior Traffic Commissioner, Richard Turfitt, and his Office as we develop the role and presence of the Traffic Commissioner in Wales.

"I am pleased that the new Traffic Commissioner is committed to continuing to improve her Welsh language skills to ensure the provision of a bilingual service to HGV and PSV operators in Wales."

 

The role of the TCs

Traffic commissioners are responsible for the licensing and regulation of bus, coach and goods vehicle operators, and registration of local bus services.

Where appropriate, they can call operators to a public inquiry to examine concerns about vehicle and driver safety.

They also deal with professional drivers at conduct hearings.

Find out more: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/traffic-commissioners

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