The Department for Transport (DfT) sets regulations for and undertakes research into freight transport. The DfT also manages initiatives to encourage the transport of freight by rail or water rather than by road; a practice that is efficient, resilient, environmentally-friendly and safe.

Freight Best Practice programme

The Freight Best Practice programme is funded by the Department for Transport and offers a range of free publications to help freight operators improve their efficiency. Guides, case studies, software and seminars are available on topics such as saving fuel, developing skills, equipment and systems, operational efficiency and performance management. Contact the programme for further information. You can also subscribe to the monthly or six monthly newsletter by visiting the Freight Best Practice website.

Shipping and water freight

Freight research