Specialist Transport Solicitors
Our specialist team of transport solicitors have a wealth of experience of advising operators in both the passenger and goods sectors.
As an operator, you will be aware that there is a wide-ranging and complex set of rules governing the running of your business. Our dedicated team of transport solicitors are available to provide advice and assistance to local and national hauliers of all sizes.
With offices across the UK, we are able to give legal representation and advice on transport law for businesses, drivers and transport managers across the country. Our expertise in dealing with numerous different cases mean that we are able to assist in all aspects of the regulatory framework.
Our experience in transport law includes:
- Making applications for Operators Licences;
- Applications for changes to existing Licences;
- Defence of prosecutions;
- Driver Conduct Hearings;
- Health and safety issues;
- Public Inquiries before the Office of The Traffic Commissioner.
For a free initial consultation over the telephone with one of our transport solicitors, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Roberts on 0845 216 2000 or by emailing email@example.com and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to call you back.
If you’re looking for more information online regarding transport investigations, read our comprehensive frequently asked questions transport guide.
In the event that you’re called to appear before the Traffic Commissioner, it’s essential that you contact one of our transport solicitors for expert legal advice as soon as possible.
Public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner are called for a variety of reasons including:
- Considering the Grant of a new Operators Licence (or an application to vary an existing Operators Licence);
- Consideration of disciplinary action against Operators or Transport Managers;
- Assessment of appropriate financial standing of Operators.
Traffic Commissioners have the power to restrict your licence, add stipulations to it, or to suspend or remove your Operators Licence, as well as disqualifying individuals from being able to apply for an Operators Licence.
Traffic Commissioners are also able to declare that individuals don’t meet the requirements to be a Transport Manager. This will obviously have a dramatic impact upon both the ability of the Transport Manager’s livelihood but could also impact upon the Operators ability to continue to meet the terms of their Licence.
As a result, attending a hearing before a Transport Commissioner can be a daunting experience, however, we can assist you to prepare for the hearing as well as providing expert legal representation for you.
Applications for First Operators Licences
Our transport lawyers are able to advise you in respect of applications for new operators licences, helping you determine what type of operators licence you need as well as helping you put the application for your licence together. Applying for an operator’s licence can be complicated and any errors can lead to delays in a licence being granted meaning work cannot be undertaken. It is also possible that a Public Inquiry can be called if the application is not put together correctly.
If you are thinking of making an application for an Operator’s Licence, you should contact our experienced transport solicitors today to discuss the process in detail.
Applications for variations to Existing Operators Licences
There will be times when amendments will need to be made to an existing Operators Licence. If the change is minor, these changes can often be made by a written application to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. However, where a major change is needed to the terms of an Operator’s Licence (for example there needs to be a change to the Operating Centre), it is essential that an application is made in the correct form and accompanied by the appropriate documentation.
Making an application for a new vehicle operator’s licence (whether it’s for the carriage of passengers or goods) or applications to vary a current operator’s licence can be a difficult process and one that can lead to a Public Inquiry if it isn’t completed correctly.
Our experienced transport solicitors can help you through the process by advising you on the various goods vehicle operator licensing legislation, including applications for licences, variations and disciplinary action.
There will be circumstances where your vehicles are stopped and various infringements have been found either in respect of the vehicle, the load carried, or possibly in respect of the tachographs held by the driver. Sometimes these infringements are dealt with by way of prohibition or fixed penalty notice but at other times, they can lead to prosecution in the Courts by the DVSA.
If you find yourself in receipt of a summons to appear at a Magistrates Court in respect of action taken by the DVSA, you should contact us immediately for advice from our transport solicitors in how best to proceed. Our expert team of transport solicitors are experienced at representing drivers and operators before the Magistrates Court.
Driver Conduct Hearings
Vocational licence holders are required to notify the Traffic Commissioner of any relevant convictions. A Traffic Commissioner can call a driver to a Driver Conduct Hearing to consider regulatory action against the driver’s vocational licence, which can include suspension or revocation of the vocational entitlement. The Traffic Commissioner is also able to call an applicant for a vocational licence to a Driver Conduct Hearing to consider whether the applicant is suitable to be granted a vocational licence.
The Traffic Commissioner is also able to call an applicant for a vocational licence to a Driver Conduct Hearing to consider whether the applicant is suitable to be granted a vocational licence.If you have been called to a Driver Conduct Hearing, our expert transport lawyers can help make representations on your behalf with a view to avoiding or minimising any suspension which may be imposed or in providing you with the best opportunity to be granted a vocational licence.
If you have been called to a Driver Conduct Hearing, our expert transport lawyers can help make representations on your behalf with a view to avoiding or minimising any suspension which may be imposed or in providing you with the best opportunity to be granted a vocational licence.
Contacting our Transport Solicitors
For a free initial consultation over the telephone with one of our transport lawyers, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Roberts by;
- Requesting a free call back using the form on the right and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to call you back.
- Phone us during office hours on 0845 216 2000
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What we do...
Our transport lawyers can provide expert advice to you and your business in relation to transport law issues, Public Inquiries and appearances before the Traffic Commissioner, including:
Driver Conduct Hearings