Traffic Commissioner Appeals
We can submit an appeal on your behalf if you believe you have been the subject of an unduly harsh or unjust outcome. This may be an appeal from a driver conduct hearing, following a Public Inquiry or an application for the return of an impounded vehicle.
Public Inquiry Appeal
A Licence holder, transport manager, applicant or statutory objector who is dissatisfied with a Traffic Commissioner’s decision can appeal to the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal.
There is a form to be completed, which should (usually) be submitted within one month of the Traffic Commissioner’s decision being published.
The length of time is takes for a hearing to be listed has been extended quite significantly in recent years, making the application to stay the effect of the Traffic Commissioner’s decision all the more important. That application would be made initially to the Traffic Commissioner, but failing that to the Upper Tribunal.
It is necessary to bear in mind that such an appeal is not, for example, the equivalent of a Crown Court hearing an appeal against conviction from a Magistrates Court, where the case effectively begins all over again and is simply reheard. Instead, an appeal before the Upper Tribunal takes the form of a review of the material before the Traffic Commissioner.
It is also important to note that you bear the burden of showing that the decision under appeal is wrong and that, in order to succeed, you must show that “the process of reasoning and the application of the relevant law require the tribunal to adopt a different view”. Put another way, it might be said that in order to succeed you have to demonstrate to the Upper Tribunal that a decision of the Traffic Commissioner was “plainly wrong”.
The Tribunal has the power to hear and determine all matters (whether of law or of fact). They may then make “such order as it thinks fit”; or remit the matter to a different traffic commissioner for rehearing.
Appeal a Driver Conduct Decision