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NEW TRAFFIC COMMISSIONER FOR EASTERN TRAFFIC AREA

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Geoffrey Simms has been appointed the new traffic commissioner for ...
Geoffrey Simms has been appointed the new traffic commissioner for

the Eastern Traffic Area.

Mr Simms will take up his appointment on 15 June and will be

based in Cambridge. He replaces Brigadier Compton Boyd, who is

retiring.

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1. Geoffrey Simms, aged 56, comes from a career in the road haulage

industry. He began his career in 1965 as a divisional transport

manager with the firm of Hall Ham River Ltd and in 1969 founded Capel

Express (Ipswich) Ltd where he was managing director until 1996. He

is currently a member of the Transport Tribunal and has also held

office as chairman of the International Group of the Road Haulage

Association from 1994-96.

2. Traffic Commissioners are responsible by statute for the

licensing of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and Passenger Service

Vehicles (PSV) operators. They are appointed by the secretary of

state for environment, transport and the regions and have independent

quasi-judicial status. Six Traffic Commissioners have been appointed

for the eight traffic areas covering England, Scotland and Wales.

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