Joan Aitken has been Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner since March 2003. In this role she licenses and regulates the heavy goods vehicles and bus and coach industries in Scotland as well as dealing with the conduct of vocational driver licence holders, taxi fares scales appeals and appointing parking adjudicators. Her office is located at Waterloo Place in Edinburgh. Her background is in law – she qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and has had a varied career including local government, private practice, legal journalism, mediation and as Scottish Prisons Complaints Commissioner (“the prisoners’ ombudsman”). For pure recreation she can be found in art galleries, cinemas, theatres, bars, restaurants, on hillsides, at dinner tables and of course, on the saddle. She is not a sportswoman so long distance cycling and hills don’t come easily to her.