Traffic Commissioner for North West England

Body: Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: Golborne, near Warrington
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £101,287 per annum
Time Requirements: 42 hours over a 5 day week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 02/09/2019

  • Written Testing

    W/C 16/09/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 21/10/2019

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Traffic Commissioners are responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services. Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain can hear cases, particularly appeals and complaints from other traffic areas as delegated by the Senior Traffic Commissioner, and thus can undertake duties anywhere in Great Britain. They are assisted in this work by Deputy Traffic Commissioners, who preside over a number of public inquiries and handle written cases. Work as a Commissioner or Deputy is recognised by the Judicial Appointments Commission as being equivalent to tribunal experience.

Currently, Traffic Commissioners are appointed to the age of 65 years and renewed for a period up to their 66th birthday subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Further information about these appointments, including how to apply, the job role and person specification, may be found by contacting the Department for Transport:

Person Specification

It is essential that you address and provide clear supporting evidence for each of the criteria in Part 1 and Part 2 below. Please cover each item separately with clear headings.

Part One: Qualifications & Experience


  • Demonstrate an ability to understand complex legal issues, to reach fair, evidence-based decisions and to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.
  • Sound understanding or interest in the road transport sector or relevant experience in related areas.
  • Qualified as a solicitor, barrister or lawyer (candidates are not required to hold a current certificate to practice); or experience dealing with legal issues. Either would be potentially advantageous but is not essential.
  • Knowledge of operator licensing and road transport law.

Part Two: Key competencies and behaviours


  • Ability to grasp the principles of administrative law and to conduct legal proceedings and investigations in public.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, the ability to work with others’ analysis of complex written and numerical data and the ability to express complex issues clearly.
  • Able to question insightfully and get to the heart of the matter quickly; able to put complex legal issues or proceedings into clear and concise language (both verbally and in writing).
  • Sound judgement skills; able to reach clear, reasoned, fair, impartial and evidence-based decisions.
  • Able to engage and communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences including handling media interest. Self-confident and politically astute.
  • Willingness to embrace and contribute to the development and modernisation of the operator licensing system.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining the quality and consistency of service standards.
  • Able to work in a highly collegiate manner including with other public authorities.
Recruitment Pack - Final
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