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Cambridge Public Inquiries

Called to Cambridge for a goods vehicle or passenger vehicle public inquiry ?

If you’ve received a formal call up to a Cambridge public inquiry you will already know that you face a serious situation. Your business and reputation is at stake and you will normally be in need of very urgent expert legal assistance.

You can find more detailed information throughout our website about the procedure at public inquiries. But in a very brief summary, public inquires are formal legal hearings where the Traffic Commissioner hears evidence and listens to the case of an operator licence holder before deciding whether to take disciplinary action or refuse or grant an application.

The danger at any public inquiry is that a goods vehicle or passenger vehicle operator find themselves put out of business at the stroke of a pen.

Cambridge and The East of England Traffic Area

The Traffic Commissioner’s office at Cambridge is responsible for the East of England Traffic Area. The East of England Traffic Area covers a large part of the country from the Nottinghamshire border in the North to within parts of the M25 in the South and including the whole of East Anglia. It includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire.

Some of the main cities and towns includes are Cambridge itself, Luton, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rutland, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Basildon, Greys, Chelmsford, Braintree, Colchester, Kings Lynn, Ipwsich, Norwich, Harlow, Bedford, Southend on Sea, Lowestoft, Grantham, Boston, Sleaford, Louth and Lincoln.

There are more goods vehicle operator licences held by businesses in Cambridge than in any other Traffic Area in Great Britain. There are a total of 13,100 goods vehicle operator licences and 1,200 passenger vehicle licences overseen by the Traffic Commissioner at Cambridge.

Public Inquiries in Cambridge

There are two court rooms for hearing public inquiries in Cambridge and this is where the vast majority of them take place. Occasionally they may take place at other venues, but this is rare. The hearings will be heard by the Traffic Commissioner himself, currently Richard Turfitt is the Cambridge Traffic Commissioner, or one of his deputies.

Public Inquiries at Cambridge follow a procedure which is followed at public inquiries throughout the UK. You can find more information about the procedure in our website and you can of course contact us for more information.

In the year 2015/2016 there were a total of 252 goods vehicle and passenger vehicle public inquiries at Cambridge and in the East of England Traffic Area. Most of these involved only one operator, but some will have involved more than one operator called to attend the same public inquiry.

Results of Goods Vehicle (HGV) Public Inquiries at Cambridge

According to the latest figures available, for the year 2015 – 2016, there were 52 goods vehicle operators (30% of the total HGV public inquiries) who had their operator licenses revoked at Cambridge public inquiries. 8 operators had their licences suspended and 59 had their vehicle numbers reduced or other conditions imposed.

This means that 69% of those called to Cambridge public inquiries had serious disciplinary action taken. Only 9 operators (5% of the total) had no action taken against them at their public inquiry.

The situation with applications for new or variations to existing licences is that most (about 75%) are granted eventually. Usually this is once the applicants have taken legal advice and put in place measures which satisfy the Traffic Commissioner.

Results of passenger vehicle (PSV) Public Inquiries at Cambridge

The latest figures available show that there were only 14 passenger vehicle public inquiries at Cambridge in 2015 – 2016. Exactly half of these operators had their licences revoked, 1 had their licence suspended and 1 had its vehicles reduced.

Only 1 out of the 14 had no disciplinary action taken at all.

With regard to new applications for variations or new licences, there were 11 public inquiries held and 5 applications were refused, only 3 were granted without conditions.

What to do if you've been called to a public inquiry in Cambridge

The statistics above demonstrate how real and serious the potential outcomes of public inquiries are. Having the right professional legal support really can make a huge difference to the outcome of your public inquiry.

Your chance of a successful outcome at your public inquiry increases dramatically if you have experienced and skilled legal representation. So choosing a good transport solicitor is of vital importance. A good transport law specialist will be able to get stuck into your case and do all sorts of things to get you ready to face the Traffic Commissioner and come away with a good outcome.

We strongly recommend that you speak to us urgently if you've had a call to public inquiry. Nearly all of our clients (well over 90%) have a successful outcome at their public inquiries.

We regularly handle public inquiries at Cambridge and know exactly how to prepare and present a successful case. We've been doing it for years and have helped hundreds of operators through what is always a very difficult and uncertain time.

CONTACT US ABOUT YOUR PUBLIC INQUIRY

Please get in touch with us without charge or obligation.

Contact us today and we'll give you an idea about how we might be able to help you. We will be very glad to talk through your situation and review your papers free of charge to help you to make an informed decision about what to do.

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The current system of regulating goods vehicle operations throughout Northern Ireland came into effect in 2012. The system for licensing goods vehicles and taking disciplinary action against licence holders is now largely in line with the system for the rest of the United Kingdom, though with some differences. There are about 5,980 goods vehicle operator licences issued in Northern Ireland.

The legislation is the same and the appeal process against decisions made at public inquiries is now one system covering the whole of the UK.

One key difference is that in Northern Ireland there are no Traffic Commissioners. The person in Northern Ireland who discharges similar functions to the Traffic Commissioners in Great Britain is the head of the Transport Regulation Unit (TRU), part of the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment. The current head of the TRU is Donna Knowles who has been in this position since 2014.

It is the Head of the TRU who ultimately decides who is fit to hold a goods vehicle operators licence in Northern Ireland. The Head of the TRU holds public inquiries to determine whether an operators licence should be granted and also to decide whether disciplinary action is needed against operator licence holders whose fitness has been brought into question.

There are roughly about 50 goods vehicle public inquiries in Northern Ireland each year. The public inquiry hearings are usually held at Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street in Belfast.

The public inquiry hearing itself is a formal legal hearing. It looks and feels a little like a court hearing but the rules of procedure are less rigid and formal. The public inquiry hearing will involve oral and documentary evidence and at the end of the process the Head of the TRU will make a decision.

Currently, the public inquiry process in Northern Ireland relates only to goods vehicle licence holders, it does not involve passenger vehicle licences.

Outcomes of Goods Vehicle Public Inquiries in Belfast

The Heard of the TRU has wide ranging powers over operator licence holders. Where a public inquiry is convened to decide whether or not to grant a new licence, the licence could be granted or refused.

Where the public inquiry is to consider disciplinary action against an operator licence holder, the Head of the TRU has the power to revoke (ie terminate) an operators licence; to suspend it or reduce the number of vehicle operated under the licence. They have the power to add conditions to an operators licence and to disqualify people from being involved in holding an operators licence in future.

What to do if you've been called to a public inquiry in Eastbourne, London or the South East

First of all, recognise that any public inquiry called for any reason is a very serious thing. Secondly recognise that getting legal advice and having an experienced transport law solicitor on your side is at least half of the problem sorted.

A good transport law specialist solicitor will be able to get stuck into your case and do all sorts of important things to get you ready to face the public inquiry and come away with a good outcome.

We strongly recommend that you speak to us urgently if you've had a call to public inquiry. Nearly all of our clients (well over 90%) have a successful outcome at their public inquiries.

We handle public inquiries in Belfast as well all over the UK. We know how to prepare and present a successful case. We've been doing it for years and have helped hundreds of operators through what is always a very difficult and uncertain time.

Your chance of a successful outcome at your public inquiry increases dramatically if you have experienced and skilled legal representation. So choosing a good transport solicitor is of vital importance.

Contact Us About Your Public Inquiry

Please get in touch with us without charge or obligation. Ask to speak to Simon Newman about your public inquiry.

Simon will then give you an idea about how we can help you. He will be very glad to talk through your situation and review your papers free of charge to help you to make an informed decision about what to do.

You can call us any time on 0800 1777 522 or alternatively you can email on Simon.Newman@NALegal.co.uk 
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This case involved a passenger vehicle public inquiry in Birmingham involving a coach company. The operator was accused of multiple maintenance failings including a poor MOT pass rate and high rate of roadworthiness prohibitions.
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A long established scaffolding firm operating ten large goods vehicles were called to a goods vehicle public inquiry.