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
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.