WHAT DOES A PROFESSIONALLY COMPETENT PERSON DO?
Some companies need to operate large vehicles to carry out their business, even where road haulage is not the main trade. Other companies operate passenger-carrying vehicles, such as buses and coaches. Such companies may employ a huge number of staff. The role of the professionally competent person in this type of business will be to oversee the transport operation. Here, the transport manager will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all the requirements of road transport law but may not do the work themselves. This may involve overseeing a number of people/employees who carry out appropriate tasks such as managing drivers and drivers’ hours, repairs and regular servicing, etc. through a system of procedures and policies which ensure compliance with road transport law.
In a smaller company, or for a sole proprietor operating a transport business with lorries or buses, the role of the professionally competent person may include every task within the business. For example: as well as opening the mail and keeping the accounts, they may have responsibility for ensuring compliance with legislation affecting drivers’ hours and the many other aspects of road transport law, monitoring drivers using an efficient system of procedures, and for ensuring the effective management of vehicle maintenance. Compliance with the law is achieved by fulfilling legal obligations laid down by various regulations.
A professionally competent person is expected to understand both the successful management of a business and the specific legal obligations involved in operating large vehicles in all settings