Government Car Service

The Government Car Service (GCS) provides a high-quality, secure car service for ministers in government departments. GCS was formerly part of the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA). This was an executive agency of the Department for Transport, responsible for providing logistics services to the United Kingdom government and wider public sector.


The agency was formed in 1997, when Security Facilities Executive was reformed.

The GCDA closed on Sunday 30 September 2012 following discontinuation of its despatch services earlier in the year. All government car services were closed as of that date, with the exception of secure transport for ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, former prime ministers and other senior officials, which transferred to the Department for Transport together with the supporting workshop services.[1][2]

GCDA was split into two businesses: Government Car Service and Government Mail. The Government Car Service provides secure cars and drivers to government ministers[1] and ran other people-movement services for the wider public sector. Government Mail (formerly known as the Interdespatch Service) provided inter-departmental mail and package movements, and a secure courier service for the wider public sector.


  1. "Government Car Service". Department for Transport. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. Simm, Pippa; Wheeler, Brian (19 February 2015). "When were prime ministers banned from driving?". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 September 2015.


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