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Public Inquiry Information

Public Inquiry call up paperwork just arrived in the post? Just like every one of the 900* Operator Licence Holders, CPC Holders acting as nominated Transport Manager & even in some cases, drivers. (In the case of drivers, they are called to a separate Drivers Conduct Hearing, which may on occasions run in parallel with the Public Inquiry). Who have all been called to Public Inquiry.

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Public Inquiry – OPLAS Transport Consultancy

You can be assured every one of those Operator Licence Holders & CPC Holders nominated as the Transport Manager. Did not wish to appear before the Traffic Commissioner, as much as you do not want to.

Oplas Transport Consultancy, are not here to make any judgement against anybody; call to Public Inquiry. Oplas Transport Consultancy is just interested in giving the best advice based on the situation’s facts, which has led to an Operator’s Licence Holder or CPC Holder. Who is or has acted as the nominated Transport Manager on a standard Operators’ Licence & has been called to attend a Public Inquiry. We provide complete preparation & representation service, or we can work alongside, with whom you have chosen to represent you at Public Inquiry.

Oplas Transport Consultancy has many years of practical experience in ensuring the systems of work used by Operator Licence Holders to comply with the Operator Licensing Regime. But at the same time are suitable to operate & maintain; plus, they only have a minimal effect on the commercial activities of the Operator’s Licence Holder business.     

Most of those Operator Licence Holders & Certificate of Professional Competence Holders, acting as nominated Transport Managers on Standard Operator Licences. Do not operate or carry out their work in a rogue fashion; neither are they are negligent or irresponsible. Yet they like you have found themselves on the wrong side of the law & having to attend a Public Inquiry.

Even diligent & well-run businesses, which hold an Operator’s Licence & those associated with the use of that Operators Licence, such as the CPC Holder acting as the nominated Transport Manager, sometimes make mistakes. Businesses need people to manage them & work in them. No matter how professional & expertly they work, people make mistakes due to many different types of pressure placed on them, affecting how they work from time to time. In the end, we are all human!

At Public Inquiry, the Traffic Commissioners recognise the above, so if Operator Licence Holders & CPC Holders attending a Public Inquiry are open & honest about the reasons, which have brought them to Public Inquiry. Along with what they are willing & are doing in ensuring compliance will be maintained in the future. The Traffic Commissioner chairing/holding the Public Inquiry will positively respond to this attitude.

Reading about the Public Inquiry process. It is most likely not the first choice of those that have found their way to this website. It was most likely a case of necessity, as having being called to Public Inquiry as either an Operator’s Licence Holder or as a Certificate of Professional Competence Holders, acting as nominated Transport Managers on Standard Operator Licence.

That being said, Oplas Transport Consultancy would encourage you, whether you end up using our Public Inquiry service & the solutions or not, concerning your attendance at Public Inquiry, to read the pages of this website. Thereby hopefully giving you a better understanding of the Public Inquiry process.

By having that better understanding, it will give you the best chance of obtaining a favourable result. Whether as an Operators’ Licence Holder or as a CPC Holder acting, or acted as the nominated Transport Manager on a Standard Operator’s Licence, when having to attend a Public Inquiry.       

*Data from The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s for 2017-18 Annual Report

What Can Happen to Me & the Business at Public Inquiry?

The possible outcome of the Public Inquiry could lead to the end of you or your company’s ability to hold an Operator’s Licence. The potential loss of Good Repute for both the Operator’s Licence Holder & nominated Transport Manager.

Along with the possible loss of the nominated Transport Manager Professional Competence, i.e. not being a valid CPC Holder anymore & the loss of “Fitness” for the Operator Licence Holder, or the loss of either or both parties as mentioned “Good Repute.”

It is most likely, as either an Operator’s Licence Holder, you will be thinking about the possible stress & expense of attending a Public Inquiry process. The Public Inquiry process will question all, their role & the manner they carried out that role, concerning compliance to the Operator Licensing Regulations. Therefore, putting together a plan of action quickly to deal with attending Public Inquiry is essential.

You have taken the first steps in getting a plan & starting to enacting that plan by reading the website’s information. For most, it will be their first time being involved with the Public Inquiry Process. If this is the case, Oplas Transport Consultancy invites you to read through the other pages, which contain information on the Public Inquiry process, which you may find helpful in developing a plan of action in dealing with the Public Inquiry process.

How can We Help You With the Public Inquiry Process?

Oplas Transport Consultancy has understood that formal legal representation & professional transport knowledge & experience both have a part to play in Public Inquiry Process, make up the best combination, & achieve the best possible results for clients. Who has been called to attend a Public Inquiry? In many cases, it is the combination of using the skill sets of both the correct type of representation & professional transport knowledge & experience. That have delivered the best results for clients.

Therefore, Oplas Transport Consultancy Public Inquiry service, & the range of solutions offered, gives its clients access to both professional transport experts & were necessary qualified legal representation. In delivering the best possible results for our clients, when having to attend a Public Inquiry. Please also remember that access to those professional service & solutions does not have to stop once the Public Inquiry has finished? Please see the After Public Inquiry.

Public Inquiry: Summary of Oplas Transport Consultancy Public Inquiry Service

Upon Contacting Oplas Transport Consultancy about attendance at Public Inquiry. Oplas Transport Consultancy from the initial information the Operator Licence Holder or Certificate of Professional Competence Holders, acting as nominated Transport Managers on Standard Operator Licences gives us:

  • Give an initial consultation on the situation the Operator Licence Holders or Transport Manager CPC Holders have described, generally via the phone or via a digital meeting.
  • The Operators’ Licence Holder or CPC Holder acting as nominated Transport Manager on Standard Operator Licence is happy to proceed. In that case, a more formal consultation is agreed upon & organised to take place.
  • The fee for the formal consultation is agreed upon & paid before any such formal consultation takes place.

Oplas Transport Consultancy understands that running a business or work takes up a lot of your time. So, Oplas Transport Consultancy is happy to give the formal consultation at a time and place that best suits its client. I.e. such as the Operators Licence Holder or Transport Manager CPC Holder business or home address, or you can come & visit us at our offices.

At the Formal Consultation Oplas Transport Consultancy will:

  • Give its formal opinion on the Operators Licence Holder or Transport Manager CPC Holder’s situation regarding their attendance at Public Inquiry.
  • In the opinion of Oplas Transport Consultancy setting out the best way forward. In preparing for the Operators’ Licence Holder or CPC Holder attendance at Public Inquiry.
  • We will discuss our costs & possible associated costs (Possible use of Formal Legal Representation if required, due to the nature of Public Inquiry) with Oplas Transport Consultancy. Providing either formal assistance or representing the Operator’s Licence Holder or the nominated Transport Manager at Public Inquiry.


Once Formally Instructed by the Operators Licence Holder or Transport Manager CPC Holders:

A meeting will be organised with the client to review the evidence and take any specific instruction(s) from its client.

  • Ensure that you have work systems in place to maintain compliance with the Operator Licensing Regime place. Before the Public Inquiry takes place.
  • Make sure that the Operator Licence Holder or the Transport Manager. Understands both the Public Inquiry process & the action required to ensure that when attending Public Inquiry. That their case is the strongest possible case, that can be but in front of the Traffic Commissioner.
  • Represent the Operator’s Licence Holder or Transport Manager CPC Holder directly or as part of a team representing them at Public Inquiry. In presenting evidence & arguments on their behalf.


Public Inquiry: How to Contact Oplas Transport Consultancy Public Inquiry Service

Oplas Transport Consultancy Public Inquiry Service for Operators Licence Holders, & CPC Holders called to Public Inquiry. This service includes consultation, public inquiry preparation, & representation.

For more information on this service & you are an Operator’s Licence Holder, please go to our Contact Page.

For more information on this service & you are a Transport Manager CPC Holder, please go to our Contact Page.

The above Information Has Been Produced, to Help Promote the Services Offered by Oplas Transport Consultancy. There is Reference to Different Parts of Operator’s Licence Regulation. Those References are for Guidance Only. Therefore, Cannot Be Considered as Formal Legal Advice.