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In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport (or DfT) (Welsh: Adran am Drafnidiaeth) is the government department responsible for the English transport network and transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (DRD and DOE) which are not devolved. The department is run by the Secretary of State for Transport, currently Lord Adonis.



Government control of transport and diverse associated matters has been reorganised a number of times in modern history[1], particularly under the current government, being the responsibility of:

The name "Ministry of Transport" lives on in the annual MOT test, which most vehicles used on public roads in the UK are required to pass once they are three years old (4 years in NI).

Current ministers

From 9 June 2009:

The DfT's Permanent Secretary is Robert Devereux (previously a DfT Director-General) who succeeded Sir David Rowlands, following his retirement on 31 May 2007. Rowlands had succeeded Rachel Lomax in 2003, when she became Deputy Governor of the Bank Of England.


Shadow Secretaries

The Conservative Party's Shadow Secretary of State is Theresa Villiers MP.[2] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Norman Baker MP.[3]

Executive agencies

Non-departmental public bodies

The DfT sponsors the following public bodies:

See also


  1. ^ "Transport Departments". The National Digital Archive of Datasets. The National Archives. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 13 August 2009.  
  2. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  3. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  

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


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