But the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a personal commitment to the post by not taking up the offer of a car, explained Phil Tilley, transport development manager. He said the previous holder of the post, Andrew Stuck, had managed without a car. From his Bath home, Stuck was directly linked to the council's headquarters by the rail network and had managed to cover the rural county by using the bus and sharing car journeys with colleagues.
However, Dorset County Council, which is also looking to recruit a strategic transportation officer to focus on the Travelwise scheme, will not be offering a company car with the post. David Walsh, Dorset County Council's group leader, strategy and economy, said: 'I can see the irony in the situation at Wiltshire County Council but it is important to realise that it is very difficult to use public transport in such a rural area.'