Department for Transport

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.



Secretary of State

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Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Scottish National Party
Gavin Newlands (SNP - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)

Labour
Lord Rosser (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

Labour
Jim McMahon (LAB - Oldham West and Royton)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Democratic Unionist Party
Paul Girvan (DUP - South Antrim)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Randerson (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Sam Tarry (LAB - Ilford South)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (LAB - Slough)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Mike Kane (LAB - Wythenshawe and Sale East)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Kerry McCarthy (LAB - Bristol East)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson (CON - Pendle)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Chris Heaton-Harris (CON - Daventry)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Robert Courts (CON - Witney)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Trudy Harrison (CON - Copeland)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 19th October 2021
09:25
Department for Transport
Second Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
19 Oct 2021, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Airports Slot Allocation (Alleviation of Usage Requirements) (No. 2) Regulations 2021
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Tuesday 19th October 2021
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Airports Slot Allocation (Alleviation of Usage Requirements) (No. 2) Regulations 2021
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Tuesday 19th October 2021
Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 1) (Amendment) Order 2021; Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 2) (Amendment) Order 2021
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Tuesday 19th October 2021
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
19 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.

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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 20th October 2021
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Transport Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
20 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Road pricing
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 4th November 2021
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Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
4 Nov 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
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Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 13th October 2021
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Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 10th September 2021
Airlines and airports: supporting recovery in the UK aviation sector

This inquiry will be examining airlines’ and airports’ recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The sessions will also examine the effects …

Written Answers
Friday 15th October 2021
Bridges: Barcombe
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Highways England regarding the (1) ecological, (2) environmental, and …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 11th October 2021
Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
These Regulations relate to the conduct of theory, manoeuvres, practical and unitary tests for driving licenses in Great Britain. They …
Bills
Thursday 9th January 2020
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021
A Bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part …
Dept. Publications
Monday 18th October 2021
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Department for Transport Commons Appearances

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Sep. 16
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Sep. 22
Westminster Hall
Sep. 20
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 9th January 2020

A Bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000, to confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and to provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircraft

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 17th July 2017

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.

Department for Transport - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations relate to the conduct of theory, manoeuvres, practical and unitary tests for driving licenses in Great Britain. They expand the existing provision, in Part III of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2864), which enables the police, and the fire and rescue services, to appoint examiners to conduct such tests for the purposes of testing employees of those services.
This Order designates part of the area of Oxfordshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council as a civil enforcement area for parking contraventions, and as a special enforcement area, for the purposes of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (c. 18).
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We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

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Departmental Select Committee

Transport Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Transport Committee
Huw Merriman Portrait
Huw Merriman (Conservative - Bexhill and Battle)
Transport Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Gavin Newlands Portrait
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Grahame Morris Portrait
Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Karl McCartney Portrait
Karl McCartney (Conservative - Lincoln)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Chris Loder Portrait
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Robert Largan Portrait
Robert Largan (Conservative - High Peak)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Simon Jupp Portrait
Simon Jupp (Conservative - East Devon)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Lilian Greenwood Portrait
Lilian Greenwood (Labour - Nottingham South)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ruth Cadbury Portrait
Ruth Cadbury (Labour - Brentford and Isleworth)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Bradshaw Portrait
Ben Bradshaw (Labour - Exeter)
Transport Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Transport Committee: Upcoming Events
Transport Committee - Private Meeting
19 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.
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Transport Committee - Oral evidence
Road pricing
20 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Duncan Buchanan - Policy Director (England and Wales) at Road Haulage Association (RHA)
Steve Gooding - Director at RAC Foundation
Toby Poston - Director of External Affairs at British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA)
Dr Nina Skorupska CBE - Chief Executive at Renewable Energy Association
At 10.20am: Oral evidence
Professor Phillip Goodwin - Senior Fellow at Foundation for Integrated Transport
John Siraut - Director of Economics at Jacobs
Alistair Hunter - Highways Business Leader at Arup

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50 most recent Written Questions

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12th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Highways England regarding the (1) ecological, (2) environmental, and (3) heritage, impact of the proposed infilling of Barcombe Bridge in East Sussex; what alternatives have been considered to infilling; and why is the infilling being progressed using development powers rather than a planning application.

There are no current plans to infill Barcombe Bridge. All infilling and demolition work on the Historical Railways Estate, including Barcombe Bridge, has been paused while National Highways review their programme and seek additional input through the newly created Stakeholder Advisory Forum.

National Highways will fully consult the Local Planning Authority at an appropriate official level irrespective of whether or not Permitted Development Rights already exist. These discussions would be documented prior to the commencement of any proposed works.

National Highways has been engaging with Transport for the South East, Lewes and Eastbourne District Council and East Sussex County Council over the safe maintenance of the bridge. Specific engagement with Lewes and Eastbourne District Council has occurred over the past 18 months and is ongoing.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are satisfied with the law which authorises statutory authorities to obstruct the highway for the purposes of repair and maintenance.

Utility street works and highway authority road works, are carried out within the framework of legislation set by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and the Traffic Management Act 2004. The overall framework balances the need to ensure the essential repair and maintenance of roads, whilst reducing the disruption that such works can cause.

We have, in recent years, continued to improve the framework of secondary legislation and we have approved lane rental schemes, which allow local authorities to charge for works on the busiest roads at the busiest times to reduce congestion. We have also introduced the Street Manager digital service, which is now used by all local highway authorities and utility companies in England to plan and manage works, providing real time, open data on live and planned works.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Scottish Government's Mission Zero for transport decarbonisation policy; and what plans they have, if any, to implement similar policies.

Our Transport Decarbonisation Plan explores many similar themes to the Scottish Government’s Mission Zero and sets out a credible, deliverable pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as well as delivering transport’s contribution to demanding carbon budgets along the way. We will continue to review the Plan’s progress in light of emerging evidence and have committed to updating it every five years.

We will engage closely with Devolved Administrations in delivery of the Plan, respecting areas of devolved competency, as we jointly work towards our shared goals of decarbonising transport across the UK and achieving net zero UK-wide.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to decarbonise the rail network by 2035, (2) to shift 25 per cent of freight from road to rail by 2030, and (3) to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered ships and decarbonise existing ships by the mid-2030s.

Our recently published ‘Decarbonising Transport: A Better, Greener Britain’ committed to delivering a net zero rail network by 2050, with sustained carbon reductions in rail along the way, and stated our ambition to remove all diesel-only trains (passenger and freight) from the network by 2040.

The Government continues to support the modal shift of freight from road to rail due to rail freight’s better environmental performance and its contribution to alleviating congestion on Britain’s roads. The Government committed to setting a growth target in its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, and in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, however there is no specific target for moving freight from road to rail by 2030. Further details about the rail freight growth target, including timings, will be confirmed in due course and Government will be working closely with industry partners to develop the target.

The Government continues to incentivise modal shift through the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme, a £20 million scheme in 2021/22, which supports the carriage of freight by rail and water on routes where road haulage has a financial advantage. Additionally, the Government invests significantly in the rail network to improve its capability and capacity for freight. Between 2014-2019, the Government invested over £235 million in the Strategic Freight Network and further infrastructure funding is being made available going forward through the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP).

The Transport Decarbonisation Plan also sets out our commitment to consult on potential measures to phase out the sale of new, non-zero emission domestic vessels, building on the pathway set out in the 2019 Clean Maritime Plan. Internationally, the UK has played a key role in the development of the International Maritime Organization’s strategy for climate change, and we will be pushing for a zero emissions international shipping industry by 2050 in future negotiations.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make more rest stop facilities, such as toilets and wash facilities, available for lorry drivers on the principal UK transport routes.

Lorry drivers play a vital role in keeping Britain moving, and the Government understands the need to ensure adequate facilities are available to them .

We have already amended planning guidelines to encourage futher development of facilities and are exploring options for what more could be done.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 September (HL2684), how many HGV drivers with a group C licence but without a Driver CPC are aged between (1) 18 and 40, (2) 41 and 50, (3) 51 and 55, (4) 56 to 60, (5) 61 to 65, (6) 66 to 70, and (7) 71 to 90.

The table below shows the number of drivers in each age group holding category C or C+E driving entitlement and who do not have a certificate of professional competence as of 18 September.

Age Groups

Category C

Category C+E

18 to 40

76,692

78,058

41 to 50

51,095

40,081

51 to 55

12,206

14,605

56 to 60

6,688

14,225

61 to 65

2,532

9,059

66 to 70

326

1,476

71 to 90

124

1,467

149,663

158,971

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 September (HL2684), how many HGV drivers with a group C+E licence but without a Driver CPC are aged between (1) 18 and 40, (2) 41 and 50, (3) 51 and 55, (4) 56 to 60, (5) 61 to 65, (6) 66 to 70, and (7) 71 to 90.

The table below shows the number of drivers in each age group holding category C or C+E driving entitlement and who do not have a certificate of professional competence as of 18 September.

Age Groups

Category C

Category C+E

18 to 40

76,692

78,058

41 to 50

51,095

40,081

51 to 55

12,206

14,605

56 to 60

6,688

14,225

61 to 65

2,532

9,059

66 to 70

326

1,476

71 to 90

124

1,467

149,663

158,971

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to reduce kilometres travelled by car by 20 per cent by 2030, (2) to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars and vans by 2030, (3) to end the sale of fossil fuel HGVs by 2035, and (4) to introduce road user charges.

Our recently published ‘Decarbonising Transport: A Better, Greener Britain’ committed to delivering the necessary emissions reductions in road transport to reach net zero by 2050. It is not about stopping people doing things. Rather, we want to drive the transition to electric vehicles and put in place a range of alternatives for people to make more sustainable journeys.

As part of this, we are phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and, from 2035, all new cars and vans must be zero emissions at the tailpipe. We are also consulting on phase out dates for the sale of new non-zero emission HGVs, which includes all fossil-fuelled HGVs, to ensure that our road freight fleet will be zero emission by 2050. The consultation closed on 3rd September and we are now considering responses.

Government has no current policy on introducing road user charges. As stated in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, as we move forward with the transition to zero emission vehicles, we will need to ensure that the tax system encourages the uptake of EVs and that revenue from motoring taxes keeps pace with this change, to ensure we can continue to fund the first-class public services and infrastructure that people and families across the UK expect.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money is allocated in the current financial year to the Freight Facilities Grant; and what assessment they have made as to whether an increase would help relieve the shortage of HGV drivers.

The Department for Transport has not allocated funds in England for Freight Facilities Grant and hence no assessment has been made whether it could relieve the HGV driver shortage. The Freight Facilities Grant in England closed in 2011.

The Government has already taken firm action to bring new drivers into the industry as soon as possible. These measures include training up to 6,000 new HGV drivers through skills bootcamps and the adult education budget, using MOD examiners to increase testing capacity by thousands over the next 12 weeks, sending nearly one million letters to all drivers who currently hold an HGV driving licence to encourage them back into the industry and offering time-limited visas to 5,000 HGV drivers.

The Government is also providing £20 million through its mode shift freight grant schemes in 2021/22 to encourage modal shift from road to rail or water.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what area of ground would need be excavated within the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage site for the construction of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down dual carriageway and tunnel, should planning consent be granted by the Secretary of State.

The total area of ground that would need to be excavated for the construction of the A303 dual carriageway and Tunnel within the World Heritage site is approximately 8.8 hectares.

The area of Crown land identified within the World Heritage Site to be permanently acquired to enable the construction and operation of the A303 dual carriageway and tunnel is approximately 4,220 square metres. This is the land beneath the existing A303, which is unregistered and (in accordance with the ad medium filum rule) ownership has been attributed to the adjacent parties to the halfway point of the road. The adjacent landowner on the north side of the road is the land parcel that was gifted to the nation by Sir Cecil Chubb.

During inquiries to identify the legal entities with an interest in this land, it was identified that the land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is held in the name of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As such the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is assumed to hold an interest in the subsoil beneath the A303 up to its half width by virtue of the ad medium filum rule. This is considered to be Crown land. No land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is included within the land to be acquired for the Development Consent Order.

Within the World Heritage Site, there is approximately 52.83 hectares of land owned by The National Trust that would need to be acquired or compulsory purchased. Of this 6.3 hectares are subject to outright acquisition, and 46.53 hectares are subject to acquisition at subsoil level for the construction of the bored tunnel with rights above. Of this land, 41.62 hectares has been declared as inalienable, 1.75 hectares subject to outright acquisition, and 39.87 hectares subject to subsoil acquisition.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what area of Crown land would need to be (1) acquired, and (2) compulsorily purchased, within the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage site to enable the construction and operation of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down dual carriageway and tunnel, should planning consent be granted by the Secretary of State; what proportion of the land to be acquired was gifted to the nation by Sir Cecil Chubb; and what would be the terms of any (a) acquisition, or (b) compulsory purchase.

The total area of ground that would need to be excavated for the construction of the A303 dual carriageway and Tunnel within the World Heritage site is approximately 8.8 hectares.

The area of Crown land identified within the World Heritage Site to be permanently acquired to enable the construction and operation of the A303 dual carriageway and tunnel is approximately 4,220 square metres. This is the land beneath the existing A303, which is unregistered and (in accordance with the ad medium filum rule) ownership has been attributed to the adjacent parties to the halfway point of the road. The adjacent landowner on the north side of the road is the land parcel that was gifted to the nation by Sir Cecil Chubb.

During inquiries to identify the legal entities with an interest in this land, it was identified that the land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is held in the name of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As such the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is assumed to hold an interest in the subsoil beneath the A303 up to its half width by virtue of the ad medium filum rule. This is considered to be Crown land. No land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is included within the land to be acquired for the Development Consent Order.

Within the World Heritage Site, there is approximately 52.83 hectares of land owned by The National Trust that would need to be acquired or compulsory purchased. Of this 6.3 hectares are subject to outright acquisition, and 46.53 hectares are subject to acquisition at subsoil level for the construction of the bored tunnel with rights above. Of this land, 41.62 hectares has been declared as inalienable, 1.75 hectares subject to outright acquisition, and 39.87 hectares subject to subsoil acquisition.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of National Trust land within the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage site would need to be (1) acquired, and (2) compulsorily purchased, to enable the construction and operation of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down dual carriageway and tunnel, should planning consent be granted by the Secretary of State; what proportion of the land to be acquired has been declared inalienable; and what would be the terms of any (a) acquisition, or (b) compulsory purchase.

The total area of ground that would need to be excavated for the construction of the A303 dual carriageway and Tunnel within the World Heritage site is approximately 8.8 hectares.

The area of Crown land identified within the World Heritage Site to be permanently acquired to enable the construction and operation of the A303 dual carriageway and tunnel is approximately 4,220 square metres. This is the land beneath the existing A303, which is unregistered and (in accordance with the ad medium filum rule) ownership has been attributed to the adjacent parties to the halfway point of the road. The adjacent landowner on the north side of the road is the land parcel that was gifted to the nation by Sir Cecil Chubb.

During inquiries to identify the legal entities with an interest in this land, it was identified that the land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is held in the name of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As such the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is assumed to hold an interest in the subsoil beneath the A303 up to its half width by virtue of the ad medium filum rule. This is considered to be Crown land. No land gifted by Sir Cecil Chubb is included within the land to be acquired for the Development Consent Order.

Within the World Heritage Site, there is approximately 52.83 hectares of land owned by The National Trust that would need to be acquired or compulsory purchased. Of this 6.3 hectares are subject to outright acquisition, and 46.53 hectares are subject to acquisition at subsoil level for the construction of the bored tunnel with rights above. Of this land, 41.62 hectares has been declared as inalienable, 1.75 hectares subject to outright acquisition, and 39.87 hectares subject to subsoil acquisition.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money is allocated in the current financial year to the Mode Shift Revenue Support Grant; and what plans they have, if any, to increase this allocation in view of the benefit of reducing demand for lorry drivers and the associated reduction in pollution.

The Government is providing £20m through its mode shift freight grant schemes in 2021/22 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The Government is supportive of modal shift of freight from road to rail wherever possible and is exploring the potential to increase rail freight capacity on the rail network to help reduce carbon emissions from the freight sector.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he work with (a) Moray and (b) Aberdeenshire Councils to help ensure that the dualling of the A96 between Inverurie and Inverness goes ahead.

Roads within Scotland are the responsibility of the Scottish Government. However, the Department is willing to collaborate, where appropriate, on matters benefitting people across the United Kingdom.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the backlog is at the DVLA for HGV licence applications; how many staff currently process HGV licence applications; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staff resources available to tackle application delays; and if he will make a statement.

On 22 September, there were 56,144 applications for vocational driving licences awaiting processing. These are a mix of first applications for a provisional vocational licence and renewals and include those applying for entitlement to drive both HGVs and buses. It is not possible to separate them out.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is prioritising applications for provisional vocational licences so these drivers can take their training quickly. Applications for provisional vocational licences are currently being processed within around 10 days of receipt.

It is important to note that the majority of those applying to renew their vocational licence will be able to continue to drive while their application is being processed.

It is not possible to specify how many staff are working on applications for HGV licences as most Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) operational roles require employees to carry out a range of tasks.

The DVLA continues to explore opportunities to reduce turnaround times for paper applications. Extra staff have been recruited and the DVLA is seeking extra office space to house more staff to help reduce backlogs and provide future resilience and business continuity.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the three-year project to incorporate the Smiths Detection system into the security screening process at Heathrow Terminal 2.

All security equipment and associated processes are required to meet security standards sufficient to ensure that prohibited articles are not taken beyond the airport search point. For security reasons we do not provide details of such arrangements.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost is of a Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2; and how many of those systems there are across all terminals at Heathrow.

The Department for Transport does not hold this information.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are required to man the Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2; and how many were required to man the previous system.

This will be a matter for the airport depending on the configuration of the security checkpoint.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who is responsible for decisions to incorporate a security screening machines in UK airports; and who is responsible for the effectiveness of those machines.

The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for setting the security measures that should be applied in the UK. The Department for Transport advises the industry on equipment that may be used for screening at an airport. This is set out in the DfT Approved Equipment List https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/aviation-security-screening-approved-equipment-list . All such equipment meets the standards set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) of which the UK is a member.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long do passengers wait on average in security screening at Heathrow Airport; and what the average time is for a passenger to have a bag checked.

Heathrow airport has met the monthly security queue standards set under its economic licence between January – August 2021, as demonstrated in its latest performance reports except for one day in July at Terminal 5 central search.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the training is to work with the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Terminal 2.

Staff must have received appropriate training in the use of equipment before they can operate in a live environment. Staff will have to complete relevant training as outlined in the training syllabi that can be found on the CAA website at https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Security/Training/Syllabuses/. We do not provide details of the specific training for security reasons.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's plan to recruit 300 new driving examiners; and how many and what proportion of the examiners recruited as at July 2021 are actively conducting practical driving tests on a full-time basis as at 20 September 2021.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has an ongoing campaign to increase the number of examiners by recruiting around 300 driving examiners between 1 April 2021 and June 2022. As at 21 September 2021, 74 examiners have been recruited.

97% of examiners, that were recruited as at July 2021, were actively conducting practical driving tests on a full-time basis as at 20 September 2021.

As a result of the DVSA’s first recruitment campaign, there are 107 people either attending, or booked to attend, their training between now and January 2022. As a result of the second recruitment campaign, there are 62 people who have passed the selection process; these candidates will be notified week commencing 27 September 2021.

To support the recruitment campaign, the agency is also exploring options to temporarily contract in experienced driving assessors from other road safety organisations to become driving examiners.

The DVSA has put a number of measures in place to increase practical driving tests and reduce waiting times. These include offering a national recovery allowance and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays and weekends).

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Airport.

The Secretary of State for Transport is responsible for setting the security measures that should be applied in the UK. The Department for Transport advises the industry on equipment that may be used for screening at an airport. This is set out in the DfT Approved Equipment List https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/aviation-security-screening-approved-equipment-list . All such equipment meets the standards set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) of which the UK is a member.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training is given to supervisors at Heathrow Airport on using the Smiths Detection security screening system.

Supervisors must have received appropriate training in the use of security equipment. Supervisors have to complete relevant training as outlined in the training syllabi that can be found on the CAA website at https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Security/Training/Syllabuses/. We do not provide details of the specific training for security reasons.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will review all new security systems at airports in response to the three year trial of the Smiths Detection system at Heathrow Airport.

The Department for Transport keeps security at airports under constant review and is in regular contact with airports and manufacturers. Purchasing equipment however remains the decision of airports.

Any equipment in use must meet the security standards set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and be approved for use by the Department for Transport. Approved equipment can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/aviation-security-screening-approved-equipment-list.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government’s expected go through time is for security at Heathrow Terminal 2.

To incentivise good service quality performance for consumers, the CAA sets the following security queue standards that it expects Heathrow airport to meet under its economic licence:

- Central search security queue standards

o 95% of queue times measured once every 15 minutes that are less than 5 minutes

o 99% of queue times measured once every 15 minutes that are less than 10 minutes

- Transfer search security queue standard

o 95% of queue times measured once every 15 minutes that are less than 10 minutes

- Staff search security queue standard

o 95% of queue times measured once every 15 minutes that are less than 10 minutes

Queue times which do not meet these standards can trigger a rebate payable by Heathrow airport.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the efficiency is of the Smiths Detection security screening system at Heathrow Terminal 2; and what proportion of bags are rejected by that system.

For national and aviation security reasons we do not comment on the detail of specific security arrangements, or on the details of the equipment in use.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what training staff at Heathrow Terminal 2 have to work on the Smith detection security screening system.

The responsibility for ensuring that personnel are trained to operate any security equipment to a standard sufficient to ensure that no prohibited articles are taken beyond the search point falls to the airport.

Staff must have received appropriate training in the use of equipment before they can operate in a live environment. Staff will have to complete relevant training as outlined in the training syllabi that can be found on the CAA website at https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Security/Training/Syllabuses/. We do not provide details of the specific training for security reasons.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2021 to Question 170743 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas, what recent progress he has made on plans to reform the management of pavement parking.

We are giving careful consideration to the large volume of responses to our consultation to help inform our policy decision and will publish the outcome as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commit to allocating more funding to local authorities to build secure (a) cycle hangars and (b) on-street cycle parking spaces.

£239 million of capital funding is being made available to local authorities outside London this financial year for active travel measures, including cycle parking infrastructure. Local transport authorities have been invited to bid for this funding and allocations will be announced in the autumn.

In London, Transport for London (TfL) and the London Boroughs are responsible for the provision of public cycle parking. The Government announced a third funding and financing package for TfL in June this year, which includes £100 million to continue the delivery of healthy streets and active travel programmes.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department have taken to help ensure a sufficient level of fully qualified HGV drivers to carry out the additional 50,000 HGV driving tests being made available each year.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has increased the number of vocational driving tests available per week to 3,000. This is a 50% increase from before the pandemic, achieved through the use of overtime and moving additional staff into testing.

DVSA has recruited 300 new car examiners to ease demand on vocational examiners, who conduct HGV driving tests, and is also recruiting 40 more vocational examiners. In addition, the delegation of the reversing manoeuvres in the HGV driving test to approved trainers, announced on 10 September 2021, will allow vocational examiners to complete more driving tests per day.

The forthcoming regulatory change to remove the requirement to take a test to tow a trailer with a car, also announced on 10 September, will result in around an additional 30,000 vocational tests a year being made available, as most of the examiners who conducted car and trailer tests are also qualified to conduct HGV and HGV and trailer tests. A further 20,000 vocational tests will be made available through removing the requirement to take a rigid lorry (Cat C) test before an articulated vehicle (Cat C+E) test.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on reaching a reciprocal arrangement for the recognition of driving licences with Italy.

The Department for Transport has successfully agreed arrangements with Italy for the mutual recognition of photocard licences. As such, visitors with UK photocard licences will not need to carry an additional International Driving Permit when driving in Italy.

We have also secured interim arrangements with the Italian authorities which will allow UK licence holders resident in Italy to continue to use their valid UK licence until the end of this year. We are working with the Italian Government to finalise a permanent licence exchange agreement as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on operations at St Pancras Station of the introduction of the entry-exist system for the Schengen border in 2022.

The Government is engaging closely with industry, including Eurostar, to consider the operational challenges and impacts as a result of border operations, including the introduction of the EU’s ‘Entry-Exit system’.

I recently met with Eurostar representatives at St Pancras to discuss this issue and understand the operational challenges. My officials have facilitated similar discussions on this issue with industry and other government departments. The Government expects to see workable, pragmatic solutions, which take account of the unique operational considerations of juxtaposed border controls and supports efficient passenger flows.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that smooth flows of passengers are maintained at St Pancras after the introduction of the new entry-exist system for the Schengen border in 2022.

The Government is engaging closely with industry, including Eurostar, to consider the operational challenges and impacts as a result of border operations, including the introduction of the EU’s ‘Entry-Exit system’.

I recently met with Eurostar representatives at St Pancras to discuss this issue and understand the operational challenges. My officials have facilitated similar discussions on this issue with industry and other government departments. The Government expects to see workable, pragmatic solutions, which take account of the unique operational considerations of juxtaposed border controls and supports efficient passenger flows.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) projected and (b) actual efficiency is of the Smiths Detection security screening system in Heathrow Terminal 2.

Any equipment in use must meet the security standards set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and be approved for use by the Department for Transport. Approved equipment can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/aviation-security-screening-approved-equipment-list. We do not provide specific details of the security equipment in use for security reasons.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with US authorities on general travel by British citizens from the UK to the US; when he expects such travel to be able to commence again; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State for Transport has regular contact with the US, including the US Secretary of Transportation.

On 20 September the US government confirmed that they will be allowing vaccinated Brits into the US from early November, reciprocating the policy introduced by the UK on 2 August. This demonstrates the hard work and progress made by the UK-US Experts Working Group to restart transatlantic travel and kick start the economy. The Experts Working Group will continue to work together to ensure the return of safe and sustainable international travel.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on plans to complete the electrification of the Great Western Railway line between Bath and Bristol.

Electrification of the railway between Bath and Bristol has been recognised as a priority in Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy. We are working with Network Rail to consider how decarbonisation priority investment proposals are taken forward through the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of changing the maximum speed of e-bikes from 15.5mph to 20mph, in line with legislation in the US.

The Department reviewed the case for amending the current speed and power restrictions as part of the Future of Transport Regulatory Review Call for Evidence published in 2020 and has no plans to amend the existing regulations.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 38423, whether no Train Operating Company has informed his Department that they have already started (a) freezing and (b) reducing recruitment of (i) train drivers, (ii) on-board supervisors, (iii) guards or other on-board train crew who have similar duties, (iv) railway despatch operatives and (v) station management staff.

The Government has not been informed by Train Operating Companies of any plans deriving from the Enabling Framework Agreement and the work of the Rail Industry Recovery Group.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating HGV licences for drivers who have recently retired to help support key industries experiencing driver shortages.

The Government takes road safety very seriously and the UK has some of the safest roads in the world. It is important that drivers with Category C and C+E entitlement on their driving licences fully meet the requirements for those returning to HGV driving. This includes a driver medical and renewing their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

A joint DfT/industry letter will be sent to HGV licence holders this week to encourage those who have left the profession to return.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is offering to car and trailer test (categories B and E) providers affected by changes to driving test requirements for HGV drivers.

The Government takes road safety very seriously and the UK has some of the safest roads in the world. Therefore, the Government will explore options for an industry-led accreditation that could offer a standardised non-statutory training approach. We plan to meet with key stakeholders including trainers and insurers to discuss this idea.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the haulage industry since the beginning of 2021.

Secretary of State for Transport has met with representatives of the road haulage industry five times during 2021.

Transport Ministers have also held an additional thirteen meetings with the haulage industry in 2021. This includes a roundtable on addressing the driver shortage jointly held by Minister for Transport Baroness Vere and Employment Minister, Mims Davies MP.

In addition to these meetings, representatives of the road haulage industry meet with Departmental officials on a biweekly basis.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of learner drivers who have had to resit their driving theory tests as a result of the shortage of practical driving test appointment availability.

The maximum duration of two years between passing the theory test and a subsequent practical test is in place to ensure a candidate’s road safety knowledge and ability to identify developing hazards is current. This validity period is set in legislation and the Government has no current plans to lay further legislation to extend it.

It is not possible to estimate how many candidates have had to re-sit their driving theory test as a result of practical driving test appointment availability.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring people to enter their (a) date of birth and (b) driving licence number when transferring ownership of a car in V5 documentation.

The vehicle registration certificate already allows motorists to voluntarily enter the new keeper’s date of birth and driving licence number when advising the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or a change of keeper. There are no plans to make this a requirement.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of drivers on the roads without the required (a) licence (b) insurance.

When the police stop a vehicle then a driving licence check is a routine enquiry which they can make. If the police have reasonable grounds to suspect someone of driving a vehicle not in accordance with their driving licence, or without insurance then a vehicle may be seized.

Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) has enabled action to be taken against those who keep a vehicle without insurance. CIE allows uninsured vehicles to be identified from a comparison of the DVLA’s vehicle register and the Motor Insurance Database of insurance policies managed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). Keepers of vehicles which appear to be uninsured are sent reminder letters. Those who take no action receive a fixed penalty of £100, followed by enforcement action including prosecution. Since CIE’s introduction in 2011, uninsured vehicles have fallen from 1.4 million to 1 million.

It supplements enforcement action by the police on the road, where from 2005 police have had the power to seize vehicles that are being driven without insurance.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving test centres have an available appointment for a practical driving test available within the next six weeks; and how many appointments are available within the next six weeks at those centres which do have available appointments.

There are 146 driving test centres (DTC) that have at least one car test available within the next six weeks. A total of 741 tests are available within six weeks at those DTCs.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) businesses delivering B+E category drivers licence training and (b) people employed delivering that training.

The heavy goods vehicle driver shortage is well documented and the Government has been considering a range of measures that will help the industry recover from the pandemic.

The Department and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will continue to encourage people who want to drive a car and trailer to get professional training with providers to promote road safety and help support those businesses.

The DVSA is exploring options for an industry-led accreditation that could offer a standardised non-statutory testing approach, and is engaging with key stakeholders, trainers and insurers, to discuss this issue.

The DVSA is also in discussions with the training industry to understand their capacity to deliver the off-road manoeuvres element of the vocational test and will work with them to develop a robust and clear process by which to assess, accredit and audit any trainers who wish to assess the manoeuvres element of the test.

The DVSA is establishing a new business manager role to work with vocational trainers as a local contact to better understand their current and future needs. This will help the agency to be more responsive to vocational trainers needs and help support businesses and people employed to deliver training.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing compensation for businesses for lost revenue as a result of the ending of B+E licence testing on 20 September 2021.

The heavy goods vehicle driver shortage is well documented and the Government has been considering a range of measures that will help the industry recover from the pandemic.

The Department and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will continue to encourage people who want to drive a car and trailer to get professional training with providers to promote road safety and help support those businesses.

The DVSA is exploring options for an industry-led accreditation that could offer a standardised non-statutory testing approach, and is engaging with key stakeholders, trainers and insurers, to discuss this issue.

The DVSA is also in discussions with the training industry to understand their capacity to deliver the off-road manoeuvres element of the vocational test and will work with them to develop a robust and clear process by which to assess, accredit and audit any trainers who wish to assess the manoeuvres element of the test.

The DVSA is establishing a new business manager role to work with vocational trainers as a local contact to better understand their current and future needs. This will help the agency to be more responsive to vocational trainers needs and help support businesses and people employed to deliver training.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting instructors approved by the National Register of LGV Instructors to become DVSA-approved assessors for off-road LGV testing elements.

The heavy goods vehicle driver shortage is well documented and the Government has been considering a range of measures that will help the industry recover from the pandemic.

The Government has announced that the time allocated for a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) driving test will be reduced, by removing the ‘reversing exercise’ element and ‘uncouple/ recouple’ element for vehicles with trailers and instead having them tested separately by the driver training industry. This part of the test is carried out off the road on a manoeuvring area.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is in discussions with the training industry to understand their capacity to deliver this part of the test. It will also work with them to develop a robust and clear process by which to assess, accredit and audit any trainers who wish to assess the manoeuvres element of the test. Testing such manoeuvres separately will free up examiner time, meaning an increase to the number of tests an examiner conducts per day.

The DVSA takes its commitment to road safety extremely seriously and it will work with the industry and stakeholders to drive forward the importance of safe driving and safe towing. These changes will not change the standard of driving required to drive a HGV, with road safety continuing to be of paramount importance. Any driver who does not demonstrate utmost competence will not be granted a licence.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)