The Secretary of State's priorities for transport

The Secretary of State's priorities for transport

The House of Commons Transport Committee has published the uncorrected transcript of its evidence session on priorities for the secretary of state, which took place on Monday July 26. The following witnesses were questioned: Phillip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport.   Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament.   Download the document

Transport Committee Inquiry – Transport and the economy

Transport Committee Inquiry – Transport and the economy

good transport system is a pre-condition of the long-term economic growth required to drive the UK’s economic recovery. At a time of major public expenditure cut-backs, it is vital that every pound is invested to greatest effect.   The Government has made it clear that reducing the fiscal deficit is its top priority and that public expenditure will be reduced in all areas except health and overseas aid. The Secretary […]

New Transport Committee Inquiry – Drink & drug driving law

New Transport Committee Inquiry – Drink & drug driving law

In 2009 the then Government commissioned Sir Peter North CBE QC to review the law on drink and drug driving.  Sir Peter’s report, published in June 2010, recommends a reduction in the permitted blood alcohol concentration when driving from 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml. It also calls for short-term improvements, and longer-term technological development, to detect drug driving. Sir Peter estimates that this reduction in the drink-drive limit would save up to […]

The new European Motorcycle test

The new European Motorcycle test

In April 2009, a new testing regime for motorcyclists was introduced. The new test was based on European legislation, the Second EU Driving Licence Directive, originally adopted by EU Member States in 1991, and subsequently amended in 2000. Member States were required to transpose the Directive into national legislation and implement it fully by September 2008. The UK was unable to meet the deadline for implementation because of a failure […]

The performance of the Department for Transport

The performance of the Department for Transport

This report reviews key aspects of the performance of the Department for Transport, with respect to its development of policy, implementation and efficiency. It focuses mainly on performance in 2008 and 2009, placing it in the context of the Government’s long-term objectives for a more integrated transport system, first set out in the Transport White Paper of 1998, A New Deal for Transport. Better for Everyone.Download the document