Representation at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry
We represent goods and PSV operators at Public Inquiry hearings before the Traffic Commissioner. We understand how damaging a Public Inquiry can be to your business, your reputation and your peace of mind. Our transport solicitors specialise in this niche area of regulatory law. We will help you to prepare your case, address any regulatory failings in advance, and represent you at your Inquiry hearing.
We provide a truly nationwide service, appearing daily to represent operators at Traffic Commissioner Inquiries across the UK, including:
- Golborne (Warrington)
- Edgbaston (Birmingham)
We offer free initial consultations and fixed fees. Speak to a transport lawyer today on 0115 9106218 for a confidential consultation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reasons for a Public Inquiry
There are many reasons a transport business may be called to Public Inquiry with the Traffic Commissioner. These include:
- Maintenance and roadworthiness failings, including S-marked PG9s
- Drivers hours and tachograph infringements
- Loss of good repute and criminal convictions
- Environmental objections against your operating centre
- Lack of financial standing
- Undeclared material changes to the business
- Unauthorised changes to your operating centre or maintenance provider
- A Transport Manager failing to exercise continuous and effective control
A hearing with the Traffic Commissioner will usually follow on from a DVSA roadside stop or compliance investigation. Usually this will involve an inspection of your operating centre, fleet and records, and an interview under caution with a company director.
Public Inquiries for new operator licence applications
If you have recently applied for a new operator’s licence the Traffic Commissioner can call you to a Public Inquiry hearing. This usually happens when there are concerns surrounding your good repute or any of the information you declared in your application. For restricted PSV licence applications, an Inquiry will often be held to decide whether the main occupation requirement is met.
Send us a message
“Our experienced and specialist team represent clients nationally on a day-to-day basis”
Head of Transport Law
Possible outcomes from a Public Inquiry
The Traffic Commissioner has wide-ranging powers to regulate operator licences. The Commissioner can:
- Revoke an existing operator’s licence
- Suspend a licence for a period of time
- Impose a curtailment, thereby reducing the number of vehicles that can be operated
- Impose additional conditions or undertakings
The Traffic Commissioner can also refuse an application for a new licence, or grant it subject to strict conditions.
Perhaps most seriously, the Commissioner has the power to disqualify individuals from holding an operator’s licence in the future, or acting as a Transport Manager.
How our Public Inquiry Solicitor can help
In most cases, immediate and effective action at an early stage can dramatically improve your chances of a successful outcome at Inquiry.
Once instructed, our Public Inquiry solicitors act quickly. We will:
- Review all the evidence and allegations and give tailored, specialist advice.
- Liaise with the DVSA and Office of the Traffic Commissioner and submit written representations if appropriate.
- Work with you to repair any compliance failings identified.
- Advise on any additional information and documentation that should be sought.
- Represent at the Public Inquiry, presenting the evidence and making legal submissions.
At Rotheras we understand how stressful court proceedings of this kind are. Even a positive outcome at Inquiry can still result in considerable reputational damage. We leave no stone unturned to fight for the best outcome possible for our clients.
Our Public Inquiry lawyers have decades of experience representing operators from across the transport industry. We assist standard national, standard international and restricted O licence holders, including:
Goods vehicle (HGV) operator licence holders
- General haulage companies
- Multinational freight and logistic firms
- Owner operators
- Scaffolders, plant and construction businesses
- Waste management and tipper companies
- Deliveries and removals businesses
- Courier services and franchisees
Passenger transport (PSV) operator licence holders
- Bus and coach companies
- Minibus operators
- Tour operators
- Registered bus service providers
- S19 and s22 permit holders
In addition to Public Inquiries, we also represent operators at Preliminary Hearings and Senior Team Leader Interviews.
Posted 27 January 2020
This was my first experience using a solicitor, something I felt quite daunted about. Rothera Sharp (Greg and Petra) put me at ease and were very helpful.
Posted 27 January 2020
Last year I experienced a car accident, as a front seat passenger. I put forward a personal injury claim with Rothera Sharp. From start to finish, my claim has been dealt with efficiently and professionally, and I have always felt my best interests were considered. All communications were made via letter or email to inform me of all further updates. My claim has now come to an end and I am very happy with the overall outcome. I would recommend Rothera Sharp for their service.
Posted 4 February 2020
We cannot recommend Chris Powell of Rothera Sharp more highly. Mr Powell demonstrated the upmost professionalism with a high level of knowledge of the area for which he was representing us. Anyone needing representation/advice regarding the area of haulage will find that Chris Powell and Rothera Sharp are the best choice.
Posted 4 February 2020
Claim dealt with efficiently and to a satisfactory conclusion. Wayne Vickers visited me at home initially and explained everything thoroughly. Professional service throughout. Recommended
Partner & CEO
Christina‘s expertise covers a full range of private client services including Wills, Probate, Trusts, Care Fees Planning, Power of Attorney, Court of Protection, Tax Planning and Conveyancing.
Partner & Chairwoman
Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in Family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.
Jeremy Allen is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market offices in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
Partner & Head of Transport
Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Richard Bates leads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Rotheras. Richard is a litigation specialist and can provide a wide range of services to both commercial and private clients.
Partner & Head of Family
Paul Cobb is Head of the Family department and is a family and matrimonial solicitor, specialising in collaborative law, at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Talent & Resourcing Partner
Rebecca Emeleus is Talent & Resourcing Partner and Head of the Personal Injury department at Rotheras. Rebecca has over 22 years’ experience of Personal Injury cases of all types including catastrophic injuries, aviation accidents and general aviation litigation.
Antony Fyson is a Partner and heads up the Long Eaton branch Office of Rotheras Solicitors and offers clients a wealth of expertise in Commercial Property and Conveyancing matters.
Charles George has over 15 years’ experience as a contentious probate solicitor and he has also been responsible for risk and compliance at the firm for many years. Charles is currently based in our Head Office in the Lace Market
Duncan Godfrey is a Probate, Trusts and Residential Conveyancing Solicitor at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is located at our offices in the Lace Market and Burton Joyce.
Elisabeth Halls has specialised in Personal Injury claims for over 30 years and has wide experience in the sector. She deals with cases of maximum severity and has special experience in head injury claims. Elisabeth also handles all other injury claims as well as MIB and CICA cases.
Richard Hammond is a Dispute Resolution specialist and mediator at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors. Richard is also a notary public, processing client documents for international use.
Karen Hayward is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and currently operates in our Beeston office.
Joanne Millward is a Family Law solicitor with over 20 years’ experience dealing in all areas of Family Law.
Partner & Head of Commercial Property
Tom Redgate is a Commercial Property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras and is located at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
Partner & Head of Wills and Probate
Jayne Smith leads the Wills and Probate department at Nottingham based Rotheras Solicitors and is currently based in our Wollaton office.
Greg Tring specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing and regularly acts for clients on sales, purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity and is part of one of the largest conveyancing teams across the East Midlands.
Partner & Head of Residential Property
Michelle Young is a residential property specialist and heads up the residential property team at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Greg qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has specialised in Personal Injury for more than 14 years. He acts for clients who have suffered life changing injuries. He specialises in cosmetic and clinical negligence claims.
Head of IT
Pete Davis-Yates heads up Rotheras IT department, he has over 20 years experience from multiple sectors and through both internal and external IT provision.
Robert Haggis is a Senior Associate in Corporate and Commercial Law at Rotheras and has over 35 years’ experience as a barrister and 20 years’ experience working in-house across international markets.
Nelissa has over 17 years’ experience as a Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts solicitor and is based at our Mapperley office. An experienced Senior Associate with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Inheritance Tax Planning and the Administration of Trusts and Estates.
Terhi Sygrove is a debt recovery specialist and head of the debt recovery department at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Head of Marketing & Business Development
Jo Walchester heads up Rotheras Marketing department. She joined the firm in July 2015 and is based at our Lace Market office.
Head of Operations
Tony Woodward is Head of Operations at Rotheras Solicitors. He works closely with the management team and executive board to oversee the operational activity within the firm.
Natalie is an Employment Law specialist with over 10 years’ experience representing both businesses and individuals across a range of employment services including settlement agreements, discrimination, dismissals and redundancy.
Associate Chartered Legal Executive
Rebecca Green is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and specialises in will drafting, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection applications. Rebecca is currently based in our Long Eaton office.
Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market. Sally specialises and regularly represents both parents and grandparents in care proceedings.
Petra Lewis-Feast is a senior lawyer within the wills and probate team. She has worked as a private client specialist since she qualified in 1993. Petra is currently based in our head office in the Lace Market
Lucy Pettitt has amassed over 12 years of experience in all aspects of Conveyancing.
Eleanor Robinson is a Wills, Probate and Trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our West Bridgford office.
Sarah Soo is a Wills and Probate specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has specialised in private client work since she began her career. Sarah is currently based in our Wollaton office
Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.
Jason specialises in all aspects of commercial law including company and business sales and purchases, commercial contracts, company secretarial, partnerships, shareholder rights and much more.
Emily Weston is as an Associate Solicitor in the Residential Conveyancing team and is based primarily at our Beeston office.
Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Emma Adcock is a family and matrimonial specialist based at The lace Market and West Bridgford offices.
James Briggs is a private client solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Adam’s expertise covers a wide range of services including drafting Wills, preparing Power of Attorney documents, Probate and Court of Protections applications.
Vicki takes on a wide range of personal injury cases including road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls and accidents at work.
Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.
Fiona Moore is a commercial property and residential property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and is located at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
Chris Powell specialises in road transport law and motoring defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Luke can advise clients on a wide range of commercial and residential property matters.
Kate Barry is a Solicitor in the residential property department at Rotheras and is based at our firm’s Long Eaton Office.
Family Law Executive
Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.
Chartered Legal Executive
Kerry Brown is a residential property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.
Jan Raszyk is a Conveyancer in Rotheras Residential Conveyancing department.
Chartered Legal Executive
Kerry Redfern is a residential property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Alison Richardson is a member of the family team and wills, trust & probate team based at our Mapperley office.
Chartered Legal Executive
Lindsey is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Personal Injury department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.
Chloe Smart is a Licensed Conveyancer in the residential property department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.
Joanne Derbyshire is a Trainee Solicitor currently in the Transport department.
Jasmine Jackson is a trainee Solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.
Joshua Morley is a Trainee Solicitor currently in the Dispute Resolution department and is based in the Lace Market office.
Christina Peck is a trainee solicitor within Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Beeston office.
Paige Regardsoe is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Billy advises businesses on a range of commercial and corporate issues and is happy to assist you with buying or selling businesses, corporate mergers and shareholder agreements
Rebecca is a Senior Paralegal in the Personal Injury department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office
Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Conveyancing Department Assistant
Sally is our first point of contact for any new conveyancing enquiries that come in to the department and provides a bespoke quoting service for prospective clients, estate agents and other referrers of work.
Penelope Baird is a Paralegal in Rotheras residential conveyancing department and is based at our Long Eaton office
Skyler Broadhead is a Senior Paralegal in Rotheras Solicitors Child Care department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Vicki Ettles is a Paralegal in the residential conveyancing department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.
Sharon Fleckney is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Lace Market Office.
Anna Guy has over 10 years’ experience of working in law firms, and 7 years’ experience of dealing with Wills and Probate matters.
Nadine Hardy is a matrimonial & family paralegal at Rotheras, based at our Long Eaton office.
Brett James is a Conveyancing and Wills and Probate Paralegal at Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market office.
Emily Kevan is a residential property and commercial property paralegal at Rotheras. She is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham city centre.
Michelle Kingston is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at our Long Eaton office
Sara Lockton is a Paralegal in the residential conveyancing department at Rotheras and is based at our West Bridgford office.
Grace Millward is a Paralegal in Rotheras Residential Conveyancing department and is based at the Beeston office.
Hollie Moore is a Paralegal in the Conveyancing department.
Millie Moreton is a paralegal in Rotheras commercial and dispute resolution departments and is based at our Lace Market office.
Sue Radford is a Paralegal in Rotheras Wills and Probate department and is based at the firm’s Beeston Office.
Ellie Robinson is a Paralegal in the residential conveyancing department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market office.
Beccy Rodham is a Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Holly is a paralegal who assists Head of Department Michelle Young and Kerry Brown at the West Bridgford office.
Elizabeth Shaw is a paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Susan White is a Paralegal in Rotheras Debt Recovery and Family Law department.
Webinar recording: Covid-19 Essential Updates for the Transport Industry
Webinar recap: watch the recording of our recent webinar that details the impact of COVID-19 on the transport industry, with practical advice on how to navigate these issues.
Posted on 05/26/2020
Cycling during lockdown – be wary of drivers flouting speed limits due to empty roads
I was very concerned to read that the Police are reporting a significant increase in the number of drivers who are using the quieter roads during the UK wide lockdown as an opportunity to speed. Whilst out on my daily walk yesterday, I noticed several cars travelling well in excess of the 30-mph speed limit […]
Posted on 05/11/2020