Over the last 75 years, Traffic Commissioners have been among the most powerful individuals in the United Kingdom, representing prosecutor or inquisitor, judge, jury and executioner to the passenger and goods road transport industries and yet it is probably true to say that the public at large has never heard of them, or if they have, with little concept of their history, powers and duties. Within the industry, almost without exception, they have been regarded with respect and frequently with affection.
Geoffrey Jones, who retired as a solicitor in 2004 after over 40 years in practice in Bristol, specialised in bus and lorry licensing throughout England and Wales from the late 1960s. He was a speaker at the Association’s 2005 Conference ~ Transport Anniversaries and the material he prepared has been extended and published in book format. It charts the whys and wherefores of the rôle of the Traffic Commissioners from 1931 to the present day, drawing on both Mr Jones’ experience of the traffic courts and extracts from the Annual Reports of the Traffic Commissioners.
The Association believes that publication of this book fills a major gap in the history of regulation of the road transport industry, both freight and passenger, and will be essential reading for any student or historian of the industry.
ISBN 0 9552876 0 X. 116 pages (illustrated). Softback 235mm x 155mm portrait format.
Copies are available from the Association at:
RTHA Ltd., 6 Cefn Glas, Tycoch, Swansea SA2 9GW
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