Public Inquiries

Public Inquiries

Called up for Public Inquiry?

A market leading practice with specialist expertise across the full spectrum of road regulatory matters, including representing operators in public inquiries and prosecutions.”

(Chambers & Partners)

It’s the place every operator doesn’t want to find themselves – standing before the Traffic Commissioner. The reality however can be very different and, in accordance with the Senior Traffic Commissioner’s 2019-20 Annual Report, 818 HGV and 174 PCV operators landed themselves in that very position.

If you have recently received a calling up letter inviting you to a Public Inquiry, the earlier you seek specialised assistance, the better your prospects are of a satisfactory outcome.

Backhouse Jones is the UK market leader in advice and representation before the Traffic Commissioners and regularly quoted as “the premier firm dealing with road transport regulatory work with far and away the biggest market share of any firm in this field”.

We provide full representation to transport businesses who have been called up to a Public Inquiry ranging from SME’s to multinational blue-chip companies. Our specialist team are dedicated to providing clients with sector-specific support and the legal know-how to make the Public Inquiry journey as pain-free and positive as possible.

Once the Inquiry has taken place and 20:20 hindsight vision has been established, our commercially focused lawyers work with clients to develop compliance management solutions for their business ensuring that the Public Inquiry experience is not repeated.

Typical Public Inquiry issues:
  • Good repute
  • Financial standing
  • Professional competence (unless restricted licence)
  • Suitable operating centre
  • Maintenance
  • Tachographs, Drivers Hours and Working Time
  • Environmental

Public Inquiries can be stressful and time-consuming events in the life of an operator’s business but with competent, specialised help from Backhouse Jones, the level of stress and focus of time can be managed.

For all enquiries please contact our office on 01254 828 300 or email