Driver Conduct Hearings
Appearing at a driver conduct hearing before the Traffic Commissioner, can be a daunting prospect and one at which you may want some help and legal advice. An LGV driver is often asked to appear at a driver conduct hearing after the driver has been convicted of an offence or issued with a fixed penalty. Quite often a request to attend a driver conduct hearing follows from a conviction for a tachograph offence or a fixed penalty for using a mobile phone. Sometimes a driver conduct hearing is linked with a public inquiry for your employer, where often your employer will be legally represented. If this is the case, then an unrepresented driver could be at a disadvantage.
At a driver conduct hearing the Traffic Commissioner is concerned with whether the LGV licence holder is a fit person to hold a vocational driving licence. It is often the case that your personal hearing will be just one of many heard by the Traffic Commissioner on the day of the driver conduct hearing. The amount of time that you have to put forward your case is limited and you want to put it forward in the most effective way possible. I can help you to put forward your case in a succinct and effective manner, by speaking with you before the hearing, going through what has triggered the driver conduct hearing and then attending the hearing with you and speaking on your behalf. Should you so wish, after taking instructions from you and discussing the issues, I can write a letter to the Traffic Commissioner, which he would have before the driver conduct hearing, putting forward any mitigation on your behalf. However, I would still recommend that you attend the driver conduct hearing.
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