Statutory guidance

Traffic commissioners: legal entities, January 2016

Sets out how traffic commissioners are to be satisfied as to the legal status of applicants and operators.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance has been superseded by Traffic commissioners: legal entities, January 2017.


Statutory document no. 5: legal entities (including insolvency and regulation 31 and section 57 applications)

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The Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain issues guidance and directions under section 4C(1) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 (as amended).

This guidance explains how the Senior Traffic Commissioner believes that traffic commissioners should interpret the law in relation to different legal entities.

The directions are addressed to the traffic commissioners in respect of the approach to be taken by staff acting on behalf of individual traffic commissioners. They dictate the operation of delegated functions in relation to different legal entities.

Published 14 December 2015