SCOTTISH Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken, in her 2017 annual report welcomes the arrival of new licensing digital facilities.

‘Eliminating postal delays and allowing us a quicker turnaround of decisions is most welcome. However, regulation also needs time and space to regulate effectively.

‘A target, which would see new licences granted within a few weeks, rather than two months, rubs uneasily against our gatekeeper role. Not all who seek a licence should be allowed a lorry, or to use such licences as cover. If regulation has a point to it, then regulation must have time, space and status.