About DfT

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The Department for Transport's aim is transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society.

The Department for Transport provides leadership across the transport sector to achieve its objectives, working with regional, local and private sector partners to deliver many of the services.  This section contains information on the Department's aims and objectives, its organisational structure, and the responsibilities of the various affiliated agencies.

The following organisation chart illustrates how the Department is structured to manage its responsibilities:

DfT Organisation chart - October 2007 (585KB)

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) came into force on 1 January 2005 and aims to make information held by public authorities more accessible to the public and allows individuals and companies to request a wide variety of material. DfT's Freedom of Information section summarises our request handling procedures and information released in response to FOI requests.

DfT aims and objectives

An outline of the main aims of the department and what we want to achieve.

21 December 2005
Last update:
26 January 2007

How the DfT works

This section contains information on how the department is structured, the responsibilities of the affiliated agencies and the targets and objectives that have been determined by the Government.

Corporate publications

Links to annual reports, expenditure plans, and summary documents. This page also includes business plans and our departmental priorities.

Social responsibility at DfT

Information about the social responsibility policies and strategies in place at the DfT.


Information about the DfT's recruitment policies and a list of current vacancies.


This section contains all the information you need to find out about the procurement process at the Department for Transport.

Transport strategy

This section contains information on departmental strategy. It includes white papers and overarching strategy documents.

Simplification and Better Regulation

Comprises the Simplification Plan, impact assessments, and details of the Administrative Burdens Measurement Exercise.

UK Presidency of the EU

To help meet its goal of a dynamic economy and cohesive society, the EU has developed a transport policy that allows people and goods to move around quickly, efficiently and cheaply.

DfT Bills and draft Bills

Links to our Bills and draft Bills.

13 September 2007

Agency and transport links

A list of other informative web sites belonging to the Department for Transport and its agencies.

19 September 2003
Last update:
18 April 2007

Frequently asked transport questions

Straightforward answers to common questions about road, rail and air transport in the UK.

14 February 2004
Last update:
28 December 2007

The Department for Transport website

A guide to the Department for Transport website.

01 October 2007

Accident investigation

Links to accident investigation boards.

19 September 2003

Help us to put things right: our complaints procedure

This guidance explains how members of the public may make a complaint if they are dissatisfied with DfT service delivery or administrative practices.

01 October 2002
Last update:
02 April 2007

DfT printed publications

These pages include details of printed publications issued by the Department for Transport since May 2002.

DfT sickness absence

Summary statement of DfT sickness absence in 2006/07.

07 February 2008

For related documents, pages and internet links, see the column on the right.