Throw away your computer systems.
What a good idea! But since deregulation in 1986 the Traffic Commissioners are little more than an expensive filing cabinet.
Now, of course, as in all things trendy and modern, you may submit your registration on-line.
fbb has been looking at a recent registration he received in connection with his minimalist employment. Whereas the paper document consisted of approx four pages, the on-line version often works out at a minimum of three times that - and you begin with a contents list.
And there's more...
For a new service, the registration also needs to record any turning manoeuvres, type of vehicle (bus? skateboard? jump jet?) and include a detailed map and a full timetable. fbb has received copies of registrations 25 pages in length.
Incidentally, the registration here reviewed is to CANCEL a service! Showing a real concern for economy of time and money, it only took SEVEN pages of "stuff" to register this cancellation. [and, if the document is correct, which it probably isn't, to cancel it for one day, namely 3rd April.]
Now, although this is all for electronic registration, there are still numerous occasions when a paper copy is useful or even necessary. Even if paper could be avoided, some faceless minion has to input all this stuff - and presumably check it and input it again when the infuriating confuser (sic!) belches loudly and refuses to accept it.
So, Department of Transport / H M Government / Mr Cleggeron:- throw away your computers, buy a nice tin filing cabinet for the registrations and go back to one (for cancellation) and four (for new or revised services) sheets of this amazing and technologically advanced stuff called "paper". You could also probably delete this duty from the onerous responsibilities of the Commissioners. Hurrah! there goes another piece of QUANGO.
Whoops, sorry Mr Computer; we forgot the essential bit:-
fbb, and the whole world, can sleep soundly in their beds tonight. Zzzzzzzz.
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