Traffic Commissioners

Information about the roles and responsibilities of the Traffic Commissioners.



The 7 Traffic Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and have responsibility in their area for:

  • the licensing of the operators of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and of buses and coaches (public service vehicles or PSVs)
  • the registration of local bus services
  • granting vocational licences and taking action against drivers of HGVs and PSVs

The Traffic Commissioner for Scotland is also responsible for dealing with both appeals against decisions by Scottish local authorities on taxi fares, with appeals against charging and removing improperly parked vehicles in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Commissioners are statutory independent in their licensing functions. When necessary, they hold public inquiries, in particular to consider the environmental suitability of HGV operating centres and the possibility of disciplinary action against operators who have not observed the conditions of their licences.

The role of the Senior Traffic Commissioner is a statutory one whose responsibilities are set out in the Local Transport Act 2008.

Beverley Bell, the Traffic Commissioner for the north west of England, is the current Senior Traffic Commissioner. Traffic Commissioners are assisted by Deputy Traffic Commissioners, who hold some of the public inquiries, driver conduct and impounding hearings.

Traffic Commissioners’ publication scheme

The traffic commissioners’ publication scheme is currently under review and a revised scheme is expected to be available in by the end of 2013. In the mean time, if you are not able to locate traffic commissioner related documents by other means, please submit a request for information to the traffic commissioners’ freedom of information team at


London and the south east of England

Nicholas Denton
Ivy House
3 Ivy Terrace
Eastbourne BN21 4QT
Phone: 0300 123 9000

North east of England

Kevin Rooney
Hillcrest House
386 Harehills Lane
Leeds LS9 6NF
Phone: 0300 123 9000

North west of England

Beverley Bell
Suite 4 Stone Cross Place
Stone Cross Lane
Warrington WA3 2SH
Phone: 0300 123 9000

West Midlands and Wales

Nick Jones
38 George Road
Birmingham B15 1PL
Phone: 0300 123 9000

East of England

Richard Turfitt
Shaftesbury Road
Phone: 0300 123 9000

West of England

Sarah Bell
Jubilee House
Croydon Street
Bristol BS5 ODA
Phone: 0300 123 9000


Joan Aitken
Level 6
The Stamp Office
10 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh EH1 3EG
Phone: 0300 123 9000