Department for Transport

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Non-Ministerial Departments

Executive Agencies

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

The DVSA carries out driving tests, approves people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carries out tests to ensure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carries out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitors vehicle recalls.ref

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

The DVLA is responsible for maintaining a database of drivers in Great Britain and a database of vehicles for the entire UK. Its counterpart for drivers in Northern Ireland is the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA). The agency issues driving licences, organises collection of vehicle excise duty (also known as road tax and road fund licence) and sells personalised registrations. The DVLA administers the Government Databases § Vehicle Register database.

Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Transport Focus

Transport Focus is a watchdog for transport passengers and road users in the UK, based in London and Manchester. It was known as Passenger Focus until Mar.2015.
Passengers on: Rail (UK); Bus and Tram (England); Coaches (England). Users of the Motorways and certain A roads (England) - the Strategic Road Network - incl. motorists, freight and business users, pedestrians, cyclists ref.
Advice on Making Complaints:
Bus, Rail and Road Annual Surveys:

  • Mar.01.2018: More trains mean end of the line for timetables. Sir Peter Hendy said that predetermined timetables would become obsolete on most of the network because of an increase in the frequency of trains. A recent survey of passengers carried out by the rail watchdog Transport Focus found that less than three quarters were satisfied with standards of punctuality and reliability. It fell to just over half among users of Southern Rail in the southeast of England. Hendy admitted that passengers would be required to adapt to the system. Graeme Paton, The Times.

Tribunal Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Public Corporations

Civil Aviation Authority

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the statutory corporation which oversees and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the UK. The CAA liaises with the govt via the Standards Group of the Cabinet Office. The govt requires that the CAA's costs are met entirely from its charges on those whom it regulates. The CAA also oversees the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL). The CAA also oversees the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL).

London and Continental Railways Ltd


A quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation

Highways England

Network Rail Ltd

  • May.20.2018: Pay cut for new Network Rail boss Andrew Haines. Network Rail, the state-owned operator of Britain’s train tracks, is this week set to name its new chief executive — with a slimmed-down salary attached to the role. Andrew Haines, the outgoing chief executive of the #Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), is widely tipped to replace Mark Carne as boss of the debt-laden company. Carne, a former oil executive, joined #Network Rail at the start of 2014 when it was not under direct state control. It was renationalised later that year, and its then £34bn debt pile added to the public burden. Its debts now total more than £46bn. Carne’s £820,000 pay-and-perks package made him the best-paid civil servant, and proved highly contentious amid rail strikes and soaring ticket prices. Chairman Sir Peter Hendy is understood to have lost a battle with ministers to ensure the next boss is paid the same amount. Haines won plaudits at the CAA for overseeing the breakup of the former BAA airports monopoly. A former British Rail graduate trainee, he ran First Group’s rail division, and was boss of the South West Trains franchise. John Collingridge, The Times.


Accessible Transport

Aviation and Airports


High Speed 1

High Speed 1 (HS1) Ltd,OpenCorporates-sm.svg the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, is a 108km (67 miles) high-speed railway linking London with the Channel Tunnel.

Formerly, Eurostar trains had to run at a maximum of 160 km/h (100 mph) between London Waterloo and the Channel Tunnel.[1] These tracks were shared with local traffic, limiting the number of services that could be run, and jeopardising reliability.[2] The case for a high-speed line similar to the continental part of the route was recognised by policymakers,[3] and the construction of the line was authorised by Parliament with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996, amended by the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Act 2008.

  • Nov.2006: LCR adopted High Speed 1 as the brand name for the completed railway,[4] although official legislation, documentation and line-side signage have continued to refer to "CTRL".
  • 1996: London & Continental Railways, a govt-owned public corporation, was chosen to build the line and to reconstruct St Pancras station as its terminus, and to take over Eurostar (UK), the British share of the Eurostar operation. The original LCR consortium members were National Express, Virgin Group, SG Warburg & Company, Bechtel Corporation and London Electricity plc.[5] While the project was under development by British Rail, it was managed by Union Railways, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of LCR.

High Speed 2

High Speed 2
is a planned high-speed railway, with its first phase under construction and future stages awaiting approval. On completion, the railway will link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds with a new "Y"-shaped network of track with a design speed of 360 km/h (225 mph).
See main article: High Speed 2

Local Transport

Rail Network

Road Network and Traffic


Road Safety

Transport Emissions

Transport Security


  • Feb.05.2018: Public offered cash to snitch on illegal parking. Landowners can make a healthy return by photographing cars suspected of illegal parking and sending the details to a parking company. The company obtains motorists’ details from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and issues a threatening letter demanding up to £100 for breach of restrictions. A commission is passed to the landowner for each penalty that is paid. Graeme Paton, The Times.

Affiliated Organsiations


ToDo: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
  1. ^ French attack Railtrack. Keith Harper, The Guardian, Jan.18.2001.
  2. ^ How the need for a CTRL developed. Department for Transport. Original archived on Jun.13.2008.
  3. ^ 2001: a rail odyssey drags on: Plans for a Channel tunnel link are finally gathering speed. The Govt may now be moving too quickly in its anxiety to show that partnerships between public and private sectors work. The Independent, Jun.17.1993.
  4. ^ High-speed rail link open in year. The Channel Tunnel Rail Link is being rebranded as High Speed 1, or HS1. BBC News, Nov.14.2006.
  5. ^ Branson in last round of rail link fight. Eurorail and London & Continental have beaten off two other challengers for the right to bid to build the pounds 3bn Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Chris Wolmar, The Independent, x.