Department for Transport
Overview
 
In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport (or DfT) is the government department
Departments of the United Kingdom Government
Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom contains a number of Cabinet ministers who are usually called secretaries of state when they are in charge of Government departments called ministerial departments...

 responsible for the English transport network and a limited number of transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which are not devolved. The department is run by the Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport
The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. The role has had a high turnover as new appointments are blamed for the failures of decades of their predecessors...

, currently Justine Greening
Justine Greening
Justine Greening is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. She has been the Member of Parliament for Putney since 2005. She was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and became Secretary of State for Transport on 14 October 2011...

 (since 14 October 2011).
Government control of transport and diverse associated matters has been reorganised a number of times in modern history, being the responsibility of:
  • 2002– Department for Transport
  • 2001–2002: Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
  • 1997–2001: Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
  • 1981–1997: Department of Transport
  • 1979–1981: Ministry of Transport
  • 1976–1979: Department of Transport
  • 1970–1976: Department for the Environment
    Secretary of State for the Environment
    The Secretary of State for the Environment was a UK cabinet position, responsible for the Department of the Environment . This was created by Edward Heath as a combination of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Building and Works on 15...

  • 1959–1970: Ministry of Transport
  • 1953–1959: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
  • 1945–1953: Ministry of Transport
  • 1941–1945: Ministry of War Transport - after absorption of Ministry of Shipping
  • 1919–1941: Ministry of Transport


The name "Ministry of Transport" lives on in the annual MOT test, which most vehicles used on public roads in the UK are required to pass once they are three years old (4 years in NI).
The Department for Transport has four strategic objectives:
  • sustain economic growth and improved productivity through reliable and efficient transport networks;
  • improve the environmental performance of transport;
  • strengthen the safety and security of transport; and
  • enhance access to jobs, services and social networks, including for the most disadvantaged people.


The department "creates the strategic framework" for transport services, which are delivered through a wide range of public and private sector bodies including its own executive agencies.
Encyclopedia
In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport (or DfT) is the government department
Departments of the United Kingdom Government
Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom contains a number of Cabinet ministers who are usually called secretaries of state when they are in charge of Government departments called ministerial departments...

 responsible for the English transport network and a limited number of transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which are not devolved. The department is run by the Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport
The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. The role has had a high turnover as new appointments are blamed for the failures of decades of their predecessors...

, currently Justine Greening
Justine Greening
Justine Greening is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. She has been the Member of Parliament for Putney since 2005. She was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and became Secretary of State for Transport on 14 October 2011...

 (since 14 October 2011).

History

Government control of transport and diverse associated matters has been reorganised a number of times in modern history, being the responsibility of:
  • 2002– Department for Transport
  • 2001–2002: Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
  • 1997–2001: Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
  • 1981–1997: Department of Transport
  • 1979–1981: Ministry of Transport
  • 1976–1979: Department of Transport
  • 1970–1976: Department for the Environment
    Secretary of State for the Environment
    The Secretary of State for the Environment was a UK cabinet position, responsible for the Department of the Environment . This was created by Edward Heath as a combination of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Building and Works on 15...

  • 1959–1970: Ministry of Transport
  • 1953–1959: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
  • 1945–1953: Ministry of Transport
  • 1941–1945: Ministry of War Transport - after absorption of Ministry of Shipping
  • 1919–1941: Ministry of Transport


The name "Ministry of Transport" lives on in the annual MOT test, which most vehicles used on public roads in the UK are required to pass once they are three years old (4 years in NI).

Role

The Department for Transport has four strategic objectives:
  • sustain economic growth and improved productivity through reliable and efficient transport networks;
  • improve the environmental performance of transport;
  • strengthen the safety and security of transport; and
  • enhance access to jobs, services and social networks, including for the most disadvantaged people.


The department "creates the strategic framework" for transport services, which are delivered through a wide range of public and private sector bodies including its own executive agencies.

Ministers

The DfT Ministers are as follows:
Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Justine Greening
Justine Greening
Justine Greening is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. She has been the Member of Parliament for Putney since 2005. She was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and became Secretary of State for Transport on 14 October 2011...

 MP
Secretary of State
Secretary of State for Transport
The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. The role has had a high turnover as new appointments are blamed for the failures of decades of their predecessors...

Overall responsibility, transport security, high speed rail
The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers
Theresa Villiers
Theresa Anne Villiers is a British Conservative Party politician. She is the Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet and the Minister of State for Transport.She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.-Early life:...

 MP
Minister of State Rail, aviation and London transport
Norman Baker
Norman Baker
Norman John Baker is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Lewes in East Sussex since 1997. Since May 2010 he has been Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport....

 MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Buses and taxis, walking and cycling, parking
Mike Penning
Mike Penning
Michael Alan "Mike" Penning MP is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead and is a junior Transport minister.-Early life and career:...

 MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Roads, freight and maritime

Key Conservative
Conservative Party (UK)
The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

Liberal Democrat
Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats are a social liberal political party in the United Kingdom which supports constitutional and electoral reform, progressive taxation, wealth taxation, human rights laws, cultural liberalism, banking reform and civil liberties .The party was formed in 1988 by a merger of the...



The Permanent Secretary
Permanent Secretary
The Permanent secretary, in most departments officially titled the permanent under-secretary of state , is the most senior civil servant of a British Government ministry, charged with running the department on a day-to-day basis...

 is Lin Homer
Lin Homer
Linda Margaret "Lin" Homer, CB is a British civil servant serving as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Transport....

.

Executive agencies

  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
    The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is the organisation of the UK Government responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and a database of vehicles in Great Britain; its counterpart in Northern Ireland is the Driver & Vehicle Agency...

     (DVLA)
  • Driving Standards Agency
    Driving Standards Agency
    The Driving Standards Agency is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport .DSA’s vision is 'Safe Driving for Life'. Its overall mission is to contribute to the public service agreement objective to achieve 40% reduction in riders and drivers killed or seriously injured in road...

     (DSA)
  • Government Car and Despatch Agency
    Government Car and Despatch Agency
    The Government Car and Despatch Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport, responsible for providing logistics services to the United Kingdom government and wider public sector....

     (GCDA)
  • Highways Agency
    Highways Agency
    The Highways Agency is an executive agency, part of the Department for Transport in England. It has responsibility for managing the core road network in England...

     (HA)
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is a UK executive agency working to prevent the loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British and International maritime law and safety policy.This involves coordinating search and rescue at sea through Her Majesty's Coastguard , ensuring that...

     (MCA)
  • Vehicle Certification Agency
    Vehicle Certification Agency
    The Vehicle Certification Agency is an executive agency of the United Kingdom Department for Transport, and is the UKs Type Approval authority, and a leading certification body...

     (VCA)
  • Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
    Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
    Vehicle and Operator Services Agency is a non-departmental public body granted Trading Fund status in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Transport of the United Kingdom Government.-History:...

     (VOSA)

Non-departmental public bodies

The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:
  • British Transport Police Authority
    British Transport Police Authority
    The British Transport Police Authority is the police authority that oversees the British Transport Police. A police authority is a governmental body in the United Kingdom that defines strategic plans for a police force and provides accountability so that the police function "efficiently and...

  • Northern Lighthouse Board
    Northern Lighthouse Board
    The Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is a non-departmental public body responsible for marine navigation aids around coastal areas.-History:...

  • Passenger Focus
  • Trinity House Lighthouse Service
    Trinity House
    The Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond is the official General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and other British territorial waters...


Devolution

The devolution of transport policy varies around the UK; most aspects in Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain or Britain is an island situated to the northwest of Continental Europe. It is the ninth largest island in the world, and the largest European island, as well as the largest of the British Isles...

 are decided at Westminster. Key reserved transport matters (i.e. not devolved) are as follows:

Scotland

Reserved matters:
  • Air transport
  • Marine transport
  • Rail transport
    Rail transport
    Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods by way of wheeled vehicles running on rail tracks. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles merely run on a prepared surface, rail vehicles are also directionally guided by the tracks they run on...

  • Road transport
    Road transport
    Road transport or road transportation is transport on roads of passengers or goods. A hybrid of road transport and ship transport is the historic horse-drawn boat.-History:...


Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:
  • Civil aviation
    Civil aviation
    Civil aviation is one of two major categories of flying, representing all non-military aviation, both private and commercial. Most of the countries in the world are members of the International Civil Aviation Organization and work together to establish common standards and recommended practices...

  • Navigation
    Navigation
    Navigation is the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. It is also the term of art used for the specialized knowledge used by navigators to perform navigation tasks...

     (including merchant shipping)


The department's devolved counterparts in Northern Ireland are:
  • Department for Regional Development
    Department for Regional Development
    The Department for Regional Development is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive...

     (general transport policy, ports, roads and rail)
  • Department of the Environment
    Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)
    The Department of the Environment is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for the Environment.-Aim:...

     (road safety and the regulation of drivers and vehicles)


Wales

Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales
National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is a devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales. The Assembly comprises 60 members, who are known as Assembly Members, or AMs...

 rather than reserved to Westminster.

See also

  • Transport Direct
    Transport Direct
    Transport Direct is a division of the UK Department for Transport to develop better information technology systems to support public transport. It developed and operates the Transport Direct Portal which is a public facing multi-modal journey planner...

  • Transport Research Laboratory
    Transport Research Laboratory
    TRL is a British transport consultancy and research organisation based at Wokingham Berkshire with approximately 500 staff. TRL is owned by the Transport Research Foundation , which is overseen by 80 sector members from the transport industry. TRL also own small UK regional offices situated in...

     (formerly known as the Road Research Laboratory, then the Transport and Road Research Laboratory); now a privatised company
  • United Kingdom budget
    United Kingdom budget
    The United Kingdom budget deals with HM Treasury budgeting the revenues gathered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and expenditures of public sector departments, in compliance with government policy.Adjustment is achieved with the GDP deflator....

  • Urban Traffic Management and Control
    Urban Traffic Management and Control
    The Urban Traffic Management Control or UTMC programme is the main initiative of the UK Department for Transport for the development of a more open approach to Intelligent Transport Systems or ITS in urban areas....



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