§ Mr. Luff
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the criteria used by the Traffic Commission when issuing operator licences to enable the Commissioner to assess the environmental impact of the licensed vehicles on the local communities through which they are likely to be driven; and if he will make a statement. 119W
§ Mr. Jamieson
In deciding applications for goods vehicle operators' licences, Traffic Commissioners are able to take into account the effect on the local environment which may result from the use of land as an operating centre. Factors may include noise, fumes, pollution, vibration and visual intrusion. We have no plans to review these criteria. Local traffic authorities and planning authorities are responsible for dealing with the wider environmental impact of traffic on local communities.