Traffic Commissioner for Wales

Body: Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: Cardiff or Caernarfon
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £99,301 per annum - reasonable expenses in the course of duty will be reimbursed
Time Requirements: 42 hours over a 5 day week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 20/05/2019

  • Written Testing

    W/C 10/06/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 01/07/2019

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is a Welsh essential post; the successful applicant is expected to be able to work through the medium of Welsh and English. A legal qualification is also required.

The Department for Transport and Welsh Government are seeking a Traffic Commissioner for Wales, based in Cardiff or Caernarfon though travel to other parts of Wales may be required.

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.

The role is full-time. Traffic Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State under section 4 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 as amended. The roles and responsibilities are determined by statutory powers in both UK and Welsh Devolved primary and secondary legislation (as well as European legislation). Under schedule 2 to the 1981 Act the Traffic Commissioner can delegate their work to Deputy Traffic Commissioners.

Traffic Commissioners’ salaries are linked to the public sector pay policy for the judiciary.

Currently, Traffic Commissioners are appointed up to 65 years of age. At the end of the appointment, renewal for further period of 12 months is permitted upon submission subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Person Specification

Part One: Qualifications & Experience


  • A legal qualification and 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 and to be able to analyse and work with others’ analysis of complex written and numerical data.
  • Sound understanding or interest in the road transport sector or relevant experience in related areas.


  • Knowledge of operator licensing and road transport law.

Part Two: Key competencies and behaviours


  • To be able to hold hearings and produce written judgements in both Welsh and English.
  • Ability to grasp the principles of administrative law and to conduct legal proceedings and investigations in public.
  • 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.
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