Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: Edinburgh
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £97,354 per annum
Time Requirements: 42 hours per 5 day week


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Traffic Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport but are independent office holders. They act both as independent regulators and in a quasi-judicial role as single person tribunals when conducting public inquiries in relation to licence applications and disciplinary matters and demonstrate impartiality in all aspects of decision-making.

The European Union requires through EU Regulation 1071/2009 that each Member State should have a ‘competent authority’ to regulate commercial road transport undertakings. The UK Government plans to replicate the relevant EU power in time for Brexit. The regulation specifies a body with power to set conditions, impose sanctions and remove the authorisation to operate. Traffic Commissioners are the ‘competent authority’ in GB.

Traffic Commissioners are supported by a team of staff in their own traffic area (who are DVSA employees) plus a centralised team of DVSA staff in Leeds. The team deals with the administration of the licensing systems and carries out routine licensing functions under the delegated authority of the Traffic Commissioners.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Traffic Commissioners are responsible for licensing operators of Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs – lorries) and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs – buses). They are also responsible for registration of local bus services and safe guarding the interests of bus passengers. The recently introduced Transport (Scotland) Bill would make some further changes to the role of the Traffic Commissioner in relation to bus services in Scotland.  Commissioners also consider whether the drivers of LGVs and PSVs are fit persons to hold such licences.

Traffic Commissioners promote:

  • The safe operation of LGVs and PSVs;
  • Fair competition between operators;
  • Reducing the burden on compliant operators;
  • The safe and responsible conduct of LGV and PSV drivers.
  • Dealing with appeals against decisions by Scottish local authorities on taxi fares
  • Dealing with appeals against charging and removing improperly parked vehicles in Edinburgh and Glasgow

The Traffic Commissioners’ role is important to both the commercial vehicle operators and the wider public. They must maintain the confidence of a wide range of stakeholders and ensure personal integrity as well as having regard to helping the growth of the economy through the Regulators Code and The Economic Growth (Regulatory Functions) Order 2016.

Person Specification

DfT values diversity and are keen to better reflect this on our appointment and welcome applications from appropriately experienced people irrespective of their background.

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.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and the ability to express complex issues clearly.
  • Sound understanding or interest in the road transport sector or relevant experience in related areas


  • A legal qualification or experience dealing with legal issues 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; able to analyse and work with others’ analysis of complex written and numerical data.
  • 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.

How to Apply

You must provide clear written supporting evidence, with examples, on how you meet each of the essential criteria and, where you are able, the desirable criteria set out in the Person Specification: Qualifications and Experience section below.

You must cover each criterion separately, with clear headings, in no more than 250 words per criterion.

You must also supply a one-page CV.

For monitoring purposes please will you complete the attached diversity monitoring questionnaire. This will be treated in strict confidence and does not form part of your application.

 Your application, CV and diversity questionnaire should be sent to: Michael Perie, Department for Transport, Freight Operator Licensing and Roadworthiness Division, Zone 3/28, Great Minister House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.

The closing date for applications is 14 September 2018.

 Following an initial sift selected candidates will be invited to undertake a written case study.

Contact Information

Should you wish to have an informal, confidential discussion about the post, please email your contact details and the nature of your query to

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