Department for Transport
|Headquarters||Great Minster House, Horseferry Road, London, UK|
|Annual budget||£5.3 billion (current) & £7.7 billion (capital) in 2011–12|
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The Department for Transport (DfT) is the government department responsible for the English transport network and a limited number of transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that have not been devolved. The department is run by the Secretary of State for Transport, currently (since 14 July 2016) Chris Grayling.
- 2002–present: Department for Transport
- 2001–2002: Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
- 1997–2001: Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
- 1976–1997: Department of Transport
- 1970–1976: Department for the Environment
- 1959–1970: Ministry of Transport
- 1953–1959: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
- 1946–1953: Ministry of Transport
- 1941–1946: 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, a test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness, and exhaust emissions, which most vehicles used on public roads in the UK are required to pass annually once they reach three years old (four years for vehicles in Northern Ireland).
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 Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP||Secretary of State||Overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport.|
|The Rt Hon. John Hayes MP||Minister of State||Highways England, Modern Transport Bill, maritime (including Maritime and Coastguard Agency), maritime security, freight and logistics, environment and technology, skills and innovation, built environment|
|Paul Maynard MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State||Rail (including housing development), rail security, light rail|
|Andrew Jones MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State||High-speed rail (HS2), devolution including Northern Powerhouse, motoring agencies, local transport, road and vehicle safety and standards, buses and taxis, traffic management, sustainable accessible travel (including walking and cycling), smart ticketing.|
|Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State||Aviation, international relations and trade, Europe, aviation security, cyber & transport security, London (including Crossrail & Crossrail 2), corporate & better regulation, all transport parliamentary business in the House of Lords.|
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
- Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)
Non-departmental public bodies
The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:
- British Transport Police Authority
- Northern Lighthouse Board
- Transport Focus
- Trinity House Lighthouse Service
The department's devolved counterparts in Northern Ireland are:
- Department for Regional Development (general transport policy, ports, roads, and rail)
- Department of the Environment (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 rather than reserved to Westminster.
- Julie, a public information film of the department's "THINK!" campaign
- Transport Direct
- Transport Research Laboratory (formerly known as the Road Research Laboratory, then the Transport and Road Research Laboratory); now a privatised company
- United Kingdom budget
- Urban Traffic Management and Control
- Operator Compliance Support
- Rail transport in Great Britain
- Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Transport Departments". The National Digital Archive of Datasets. The National Archives. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
- Cabinet Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Department for Transport
- "The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "The Rt Hon John Hayes MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Paul Maynard MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Andrew Jones MP". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II
- Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
- DRD: About The Department
- DoE: About Us