Statutory guidance

[WITHDRAWN] Traffic commissioners: contingency and emergency planning, coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Withdrawn guidance following consultation.

A Statutory Document setting out the approach that traffic commissioners will adopt in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Great Britain.

The document provides guidance for and advice on:

  • operators who temporarily cannot meet the required financial standing levels
  • when a transport manager is unable to attend work
  • the period of grace process if the requirements to hold an operator’s licence cannot be met
  • operators who are unable to access their operating centres
  • the approach to be taken when considering the financial evidence of an operator applying for interim authorisation
  • how the traffic commissioners may approach applications for temporary exemptions to the requirement to hold an operator’s licence
  • the approach to be adopted for short notice requests around changes to local bus services and reducing the administrative burden on operators
  • hearings attendance and the postponement of hearings

This Statutory Document was updated on 30 July 2020 to include guidance on:

  • operators running duplicate services
  • the 72 hour local authority notice period
Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 14 March 2023 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to indicate withdrawal following consultation

  2. Adding HTML version for accessibility purposes.

  3. Statutory Document updated.

  4. Stat doc updated to include an increased maximum period of grace for financial standing and the resumption of in-person hearings.

  5. First published.