ITS (UK) offers Early Careers professionals chance to be consultation Observers

The UK’s Intelligent Transport Systems Industry Association is looking for members in the early years of their careers to boost their Continuous Professional Development by taking part in a consultation about the Department for Transport’s Traffic Commissioner function.

ITS (UK) Executive Members the DfT have opened the consultation on the Traffic Commissioner Function.  This review aims to assess the form, function, governance, effectiveness and efficiency of the role of Traffic Commissioners, who are responsible for a range of licensing and regulation functions to do with HGVs and PSVs.

Early Careers members are being invited to be an Observer of this process, which offers the chance to learn about how the government consultation process works and how organisations like ITS (UK) and individual experts engage with it.

The Early Careers members have had this opportunity on each consultation for the last couple of years, and the offer has proved popular.  Earlier this year, the third of the Law Commission consultations on automated vehicles attracted Observers from the junior staff at WSP and Arup.  The process of producing the ITS (UK) response to the DfT consultation on rural transport was observed by staff from TfL, Atkins and Capita.

“This is an important part of the UK democratic process and of how transport and ITS policy are set,” explained ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin.  “As well as learning about the process, those who take part will get a confirmation note for their CPD file at the conclusion of the process, offering yet another benefit of membership of our society.”

ITS (UK) intends to make a response itself to the consultation, so is inviting Members with an interest in the topic to give views and suggestions to help shape that response.

The consultation closes on 8 September.  To respond to the consultation or to sign up as an observer email Jennie Martin direct.

(Picture – ITS (UK) Early Careers Forum meeting)

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