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 Transport Agencies

Working to deliver a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society. This website is the official Government site.

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.

The Driving Standards Agency is one of the executive agencies that forms the Motoring and Freight Services group, part of the Department for Transport.  A national organisation delivering tests from over 400 practical driving test centres/multi-purpose test centres and around 150 theory test centres.

Government Cars and Government Mail are the government's own services for moving people and documents safely and reliably throughout the UK.


Managing, maintaining and improving England's motorways and trunk roads.  Also, see our Highways Agency & Network Map page


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency implements the government's maritime safety policy in the UK.and works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) provides a range of licensing, testing and enforcement services with the aim of improving the roadworthiness standards of vehicles ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers, and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.
VCA is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval authority and with more than 30 years experience supports industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for vehicles, their systems and components.
Transport Bodies
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK.
After the privatisation of British Rail, remaining functions of the British Railways Board are now discharged by BRB (Residuary) Ltd. The company is owned by the Government and reports to the Department for Transport. 
An independent body responsible for ensuring an efficient and effective British Transport Police force in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is recognised by Government as the voice of the bus, coach and light rail industries, and the focus for consultation on national and international legislation, local regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) is an independent body established by the Transport Act 1985 to advise Government on the transport needs of disabled people. This website provides information on who DPTAC are and what DPTAC does in its role in advising the Government.
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is an action and advisory group, of around 200 organisations from the automotive and fuel industries, the environmental sector, government, academia, road user groups and other organisations with a stake in the low carbon vehicles and fuels agenda.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide, and other ships in UK territorial waters.
The Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man. 
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator forBritain's railways.
An independent public body set up by the Government to protect the interests of passengers.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is the independent railway accident investigation organisation for the UK. It investigates railway accidents and incidents on the UK's railways to improve safety, not to establish blame.
The Railway Heritage Committee has the function of designating records and artefacts (or classes of record and artefact) which are historically significant and should be permanently preserved.
The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) is an independent committee appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport to advise on issues related to the appraisal of trunk roads.
TAP is a paper-free technical library devised to help you find the up-to-date documents you need when planning, designing and operating road networks in the UK.
  Transport for London  
Transport for London is the integrated body responsible for the Capital's transport system.
We are the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. Our remit is to provide Aids to Navigation to assist the safe passage of a huge variety of vessels through some of the busiest sea-lanes in the world.

Transport Scotland is an agency of the Scottish Government and is accountable to Parliament and the public through Scottish Ministers.                                                                             
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotlandís environmental regulator. Their main role is to protect and improve the environment. They do this by being an excellent environmental regulator, helping business and industry to understand their environmental responsibilities, enabling customers to comply with legislation and good practice and to realise the many economic benefits of good environmental practice.


Traffic Wales is a unique partnership between the Welsh Assembly Government and engineering consultants, Atkins
The National Roads Authority (NRA) was formally established as an independent statutory body under the Roads Act, 1993 with effect from 1 January, 1994.

FPP is a not for profit voluntary organisation, established in 1996 following a meeting of public sector buyers based in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. FPP represents organisations and individuals concerned with purchasing within the public sector in Ireland.

InterTradeIreland is the only organisation which supports SMEs across the island to develop North/South trade and business development opportunities for the mutual benefit of both economies.