Senior Traffic Commissioner (TC) Richard Turfitt has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Statutory Documents, the publications that describe how TCs apply the law and take a proportionate approach to their regulatory powers.
The documents are reviewed regularly to provide clearer guidance to operators and show transparency in the way TCs come to their decisions. Many of the amendments recognise changes in the law and appeal decisions made by the Upper Tribunal.
A total of 13 of the 15 documents have been reviewed and changes covering key areas of O-licensing include:
. stronger guidance on the practice of ‘fronting’;
. greater emphasis on the importance of completing applications;
. improved guidance around continuous and effective management and disqualification;
. a new section on support for tribunal users;
. improved guidance on the main occupation criteria;
. a new section on driver employment status; and
. updated guidance on what happens when a period of grace expires.
The documents can be viewed at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk and the consultation runs until 27 August. Turfitt said: “The TCs are justifiably proud of our efforts to modernise.
“Although many proposed amendments reflect changes in the law and decisions made at appeal, we want industry to have a chance to review the Statutory Documents before we re-issue them.”