What we do

We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

DFT is a ministerial department, supported by 21 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Transport

    Safe and dependable transport is essential to UK society and the economy. The government is working to make rail, road, air and water transport more efficient and effective, keep them safe and secure, and reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions. Read more

  2. UK economy

    All parts of the economy are growing - but the government still has a huge amount to do through continuing to create jobs and supporting businesses to grow. The government is also making sure that the recovery is a recovery for all and this means creating a more educated workforce and taking measures to help with the cost of living. Find progress updates on this page. Read more

  3. Climate change

    The government is working at home and abroad to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in low-carbon energy sources, improving fuel standards in cars and increasing energy efficiency wherever possible. Read more

  4. Local government

    The government is giving local councils more power to decide how to spend public money in their areas so they can meet local people's needs. At the same time, the government is helping to make sure Council Tax payers get value for money by making councils more transparent and accountable. Read more

  5. National security

    The government works to identify the most pressing risks to our security, and put in place the ways and means to address them. Read more

We produce detailed guidance in these categories

  1. Transport planning and infrastructure

    Major projects to plan and develop national transport infrastructure. Read more

  2. Making transport more accessible

    National schemes and guidance to help transport accessibility - including the Blue Badge scheme. Read more

  3. Transport research and development

    How national research helps plan future transport needs. Read more

  4. Transporting goods

    Driver and vehicle documents for EU and international road haulage and freight forwarding, permits for dangerous goods and special loads. Read more

  5. Transporting dangerous goods

    What the regulations for international transport of dangerous goods are - including for road hauliers. Read more

  6. Crime on transport

    How to reduce crime on transport - including the role of the British Transport Police. Read more

  7. Terrorism and the transport network

    Security guidance for airports, ports, roads and national rail network and how to deal with emergencies. Read more

  8. Environmental management for transport

    Schemes and guidance to reduce the environmental effects of transport including the Green Bus fund and funding for ultra-low emission vehicles. Read more

Our policies

  1. Providing effective regulation of freight transport

    Fair and effective regulation to move freight safely and securely by road, rail and water across the UK and abroad.

  2. Making roads safer

    Reducing road collisions through better driver training, tougher drink/drug driving charges, road safety campaigns and lowering speed limits

  3. Managing, improving and investing in the road network

    Making roads clearer by giving local councils the power to remove road signage clutter, enforce parking controls and manage street works.

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Department for Transport
Great Minster House
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