Department for Transport

This article is about the UK Department for Transport. For equivalent ministries in other countries, see Ministry of Transport.
Department for Transport
Welsh: Adran am Drafnidiaeth
Department overview
Formed 2002
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters Great Minster House, Horseferry Road, London, UK
Annual budget £5.3 billion (current) & £7.7 billion (capital) in 2011–12 [1]
Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Philip Rutnam
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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.


For List of Ministers, see Secretary of State for Transport.

Government control of transport and diverse associated matters has been reorganised a number of times in modern history, being the responsibility of:[2]

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:

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.[3]


The DfT Ministers are as follows:[3]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport.[4]
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[5]
Paul Maynard MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rail (including housing development), rail security, light rail[6]
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.[7]
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.[8]

The Permanent Secretary has been Philip Rutnam since 11 April 2012.

Executive agencies

Non-departmental public bodies

The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:


The devolution of transport policy varies around the UK; most aspects in Great Britain are decided at Westminster. Key reserved transport matters (i.e., not devolved) are as follows:

Scotland Reserved matters:[9]

Northern Ireland Reserved matters:[10]

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.

See also


  1. Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. "Transport Departments". The National Digital Archive of Datasets. The National Archives. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  3. 1 2 Cabinet Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Department for Transport
  4. "The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. "The Rt Hon John Hayes MP". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. "Paul Maynard MP". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  7. "Andrew Jones MP". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  8. "Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II
  10. Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  11. DRD: About The Department
  12. DoE: About Us

Coordinates: 51°29′41″N 0°07′45″W / 51.4946°N 0.1293°W / 51.4946; -0.1293

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