Department for Transport
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 24 July 2019) Grant Shapps.
|Formed||29 May 2002|
|Headquarters||Great Minster House, Horseferry Road, London, UK|
|Annual budget||£2.9 billion; 2019-2020 ($3.87 billion)|
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- 1919–1941: Ministry of Transport
- 1941–1946: Ministry of War Transport - after absorption of Ministry of Shipping
- 1946–1953: Ministry of Transport
- 1953–1959: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
- 1959–1970: Ministry of Transport
- 1970–1976: Department for the Environment
- 1976–1997: Department of Transport
- 1997–2001: Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
- 2001–2002: Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
- 2002–present: Department for 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).
- Support the creation of a stronger, cleaner, more productive economy
- Help to connect people and places, balancing investment across the country
- Make journeys easier, modern and reliable
- Make sure transport is safe, secure and sustainable
- Prepare the transport system for technological progress and a prosperous future outside the EU
- Promote a culture of efficiency and productivity in everything it does
|The Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP||Secretary of State||Overall responsibility for the department; oversight of all areas; corporate.|
|Chris Heaton-Harris MP||Minister of State for Transport||EU Exit planning; rail; cycling and walking.|
|George Freeman MP||Minister of State for Transport||Transports technology and innovation; Future of Mobility Grand Challenge; decarbonisation and environment; Office for Low Emissions Vehicles; Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; spaceports and freeports; devolution and housing; East-West connectivity.|
|Nus Ghani MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport||Maritime; skills and apprenticeships; Year of Engineering (legacy); accessibility (all modes); Lead Minister for Secondary Legislation; Shadow roads Minister in the Commons.|
|Paul Maynard MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport||Northern Powerhouse Rail; HS2; Crossrail; East West Rail; TransPennine route upgrade; aviation (including Heathrow expansion).|
|The Rt Hon. Baroness Vere of Norbiton||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport||Roads; security; freight (including EU Exit and rail); drones; taxis and buses; light rail; community transport; all Lords business.|
2017 judicial review
Following a series of strikes, poor performance, removal of access for the disabled and commuter protests relating to Govia Thameslink Railway a group of commuters crowdfunded £26,000 to initiate a judicial review into the Department for Transport's management and failure to penalise Govia or remove the management contract. The oral hearing to determine if commuters have standing to bring a judicial review was listed for 29 June 2017 at the Royal Court of Justice.
Non-departmental public bodies
The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:
- Air transport
- Marine transport
- Navigation (including merchant shipping)
- Transport Policing
- Driving and vehicle certification
- Railways (outside Scottish zone)
- Road Numbering
- Road Signage
- Speed Limits
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 2018 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2018. p. 24. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
- "Transport Departments". The National Digital Archive of Datasets. The National Archives. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 October 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
- DfT Single Departmental Plan 2018
- Cabinet Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Department for Transport
- "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
- "Commuter group to meet Department for Transport in court over Southern crisis". www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Judicial Review of the Department for Transport over Southern Rail". CrowdJustice. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II
- Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
- DRD: About The Department
- DoE: About Us Archived 8 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine