The Road Transport Licensing Committee (“RTLC”) acts as an independent tribunal body of Government with responsibility for regulating the transport of passengers. From 1st January 2019 the RTLC will also have responsibility for regulating the commercial use of goods vehicles – basically any vehicle or trailer carrying goods on a public highway which has a maximum laden weight exceeding 3,500 kg.
It is the duty of the Committee to administer and enforce the provisions of the Road Transport Act 2001 (“the Act”) to benefit and protect the public through the provision of sufficient, efficient, safe, and quality services of public transport.
The Act provides for the licensing of all Public Passenger Vehicles (“PPVs”) that are used commercially on the Island, (including taxis, Private Hire cars, minibuses, buses, and coaches), and their drivers, plus the licensing or registration of operators.
The passing by Tynwald of the Road Transport Regulations 2018 in July 2018 has meant that the Act will also provide for the licensing of Goods Vehicles with effect from 1 January 2019. This will include the licensing or registration of Manx operators (who operate both on-Island and off-Island) as well as all Goods Vehicles with a maximum laden weight of over 3,500 kg. Existing operators will automatically be deemed by the RTLC to hold authority to operate Goods Vehicles for a maximum period of 1 year, during which time they must apply for either an Operator Registration to operate on-Island or an Operator Licence to operate off-Island. All applications from existing operators must be received before 1 November 2019 to allow the statutorily mandated application procedure to be followed.
Goods Vehicle drivers will not be regulated by this legislation.
The RTLC is appointed by the Council of Ministers subject to the approval of Tynwald, and each member shall hold office for a term of 5 years. It is comprised of a Chair, a Vice Chair and three other members.
- Mr B O'Friel, Chair
- Mr D Sellick, Vice Chair
- Mr G Curphey
- Mr M Pattison
- Mr F Peck
Officers of the Committee:
- Mr N Capewell, Secretary
- Mr SM Callister, Project Co-ordinator
- Mr F Williams, Assistant Secretary
- Mr D Berry, PPV Inspector