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Traffic Commissioners (Licensing System)

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reform the traffic commissioner licensing system.

My right hon. Friend intends to introduce greater flexibility into the licensing system by making it easier for community buses to operate, by extending the simplified procedure for obtaining permits, and by recasting the criteria for road service licences to lay greater emphasis on the interests of the public.

Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that these changes will be proposed in the forthcoming Transport Bill as part of the policy of developing new services?