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What is a Public Inquiry (PI)?

A public inquiry held by the Traffic Commissioner is a formal hearing that investigates any concerns related to the safety, compliance, and conduct of commercial vehicle operators, drivers, and transport managers. The inquiry is conducted by an independent Traffic Commissioner, who is appointed by the UK government.

During a public inquiry, the Traffic Commissioner has the power to question witnesses, review evidence, and make decisions that can affect the future of the operator's license. The inquiry may cover a wide range of topics, including vehicle maintenance, driver hours, road safety, and environmental compliance.

Some examples of issues that may trigger a public inquiry include:

  • A history of non-compliance, such as repeated traffic violations, vehicle defects, or driver misconduct.

  • Serious accidents involving a commercial vehicle.

  • Complaints from the public or other operators about the safety or conduct of a commercial vehicle operator.

  • Significant changes to an operator's business, such as the acquisition of new vehicles or the appointment of a new transport manager.

The Traffic Commissioner may take a range of actions based on the outcome of the public inquiry, including:

  • Revoking or suspending the operator's license.

  • Imposing conditions on the license, such as requiring additional training or vehicle inspections.

  • Imposing financial penalties or ordering the operator to pay costs related to the inquiry.

  • Disqualifying a driver or transport manager from holding an operator's license.