Leaving a Public Inquiry in Birmingham BACK in March, little did I think that I wouldn’t physically be BACK in the Public Inquiry room for almost 5 months!
BACK then, supermarket shelves were fully stocked with loo rolls, social distancing wasn’t a ‘thing’, ‘PE with Joe’ hadn’t started and nobody had even heard of ‘furlough’!
In a typical pre-COVID-19 month, I would spend almost every day travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles representing operators across the haulage, coach and bus sectors at, and preparing them for, Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries. So, BACK in March, it was a real shock to the system when all hearings before the Traffic Commissioners were suspended with the introduction of the UK-wide lockdown and I suddenly found myself ‘grounded’ and working from home!
That said, at Backhouse Jones, even during the lockdown period, we have been busy using our unrivalled expertise to work with operators, the Traffic Commissioners and their staff to resolve cases ‘on the papers’ (thereby avoiding the need for a hearing) or through a limited number of virtual Public Inquiries.
With the easing of restrictions, we have now seen the resumption of in-person hearings and so, here I am, 142 days since my last ‘in person’ Public Inquiry finally BACK on the road (sanitiser, wipes and face covering in tow!) heading to see the Traffic Commissioner…and I can’t wait to get BACK to what I do best!
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