Freight Transport Association FTA Chief Executive David Wells has congratulated Richard Turfitt on his appointment as Senior Traffic Commissioner and says he looks forward to working closely with someone who recognises that the regulatory environment must not function in isolation from the wider, multi-modal logistics industry.
As Traffic Commissioner for the East of England, Mr Turfitt identified the driver shortage, the Freight Carbon Review, the relationship with rail freight – critical for the transhipment of containers from the Eastern ports – and road infrastructure as key issues facing the sector in his annual report last year, highlighting his appreciation and understanding of broader industry issues.
Mr Wells said: “I congratulate Richard on his appointment. The Senior Traffic Commissioner is a critical yet challenging role in the industry not only to represent leadership of a team of eight independent Traffic Commissioners but also to act as a voice for the industry within the TC team. I look forward to working closely with Richard in the future.”
Mr Turfitt has been East of England Traffic Commissioner since 2008 and takes over from Beverley Bell on 1 June. Mr Wells said Mrs Bell had ‘defined the statutory role’ in her time as Senior Traffic Commissioner.