A Public Inquiry may be called for a number of reasons, some of which have already been mentioned. But as a general rule of thumb those shown below are the main reasons for a public inquiry to be called:
- 1. Operator Licence Applications, or a variation and there are irregularities within the application
- 2. The review of operating centres suitability (for goods vehicle operator licences only)
- 3. To determine if there has been a breach of regulations by an operator licence holder examples of which are vehicle maintenance failings, i.e. high MOT failure rate, driver’s hours or tachograph regulation failings, possibly from a roadside inspection.
- 4. Parties named on the operator licence been convicted of an offence, as being notifiable under the operator licence regime to the Traffic Commissioner.
- 5. Financial standing failures, possibly due to the operator licence holder suffered a business insolvency
- 6. Issues which bring the repute or professional competence of a transport manager or operator licence holder into question
- 7. A public inquiry may be call by a traffic commissioner in order to clarify information that has been received, which raises concerns in connection with an operator licence holders or Transport Managers actions.