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No increase in O-licence fee to fund TCs, says Beverley Bell

  • 30 October 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell says she and her colleagues must continue to be given proper resources to do their job, but that there should be no O-licence fee increase to fund this. 

In the TCs’ annual report for 2011/12, Bell said that she would be holding discussions with Vosa bosses over the coming months to ensure that the TCs continue to be properly resourced and financed.

She said: “Commissioners can only be effective if we have the proper resources available to us and this is a matter that has taxed me considerably over the past 12 months.

“Commissioners understand we are in difficult economic times and remind ourselves that our work is paid for by operators – so we would not advocate a fee increase.

“I look forward to working on behalf of commissioners with Alastair Peoples [Vosa MD] and his board over the coming year to ensure that we are properly resourced and financed for without this we cannot be effective.”

  • The number of new O-licences issued in 2011-12 was 4,833, a drop on the figure of 5,233 in 2010-11.
  • A total of 322 O-licences were revoked last year compared with 365 the previous year.

Buy the 1 November issue of Commercial Motor for the full story. 

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