|Formed||29 May 2002|
|Headquarters||Great Minster House, Horseferry Road, London, UK|
|Annual budget||£2.9 billion; 2019-2020 ($3.72 billion) |
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.
Government control of transport and diverse associated matters has been reorganised a number of times in modern history, being the responsibility of:
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 six strategic objectives:
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.
The DfT Ministers are as follows:
|The Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP||Secretary of State||Overall responsibility for the department; oversight of all areas; Northern Powerhouse.|
|Chris Heaton-Harris MP||Minister of State for Railways||rail, Crossrail and Crossrail 2; East West Rail; cycling and walking; accessibility; corporate.|
|Andrew Stephenson MP||Minister of State for HS2||HS2; Northern Powerhouse Rail; Transpennine route upgrade; skills.|
|The Rt Hon. Baroness Vere of Norbiton||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Devolution, Roads and Light Rail||roads (including Highways England); motoring agencies (DVSA, DVLA, VCA); buses and taxis; light rail (including tram, underground and metro systems); devolution (including union connectivity and London transport).|
|Rachel Maclean MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Future of Transport||future of transport (including future of freight); environment (including transport decarbonisation); transition period activity and future relations with the EU; international, exports and inward investment; space; secondary legislation.|
|Robert Courts MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Aviation and Maritime||aviation; maritime; security and civil contingencies.|
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.
The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:
Scotland Reserved matters:
Northern Ireland Reserved matters:
The department's devolved counterparts in Northern Ireland are:
Wales Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales rather than reserved to Westminster.