Records of the Department of Transport
Department of Transport, 1976-1997
In 1976, the transport functions were separated from the Department of the Environment and a new Department of Transport responsible to its own Secretary of State was established.
The new Department of Transport was responsible for: inland surface transport industries, including British Rail, the bus industry, freight and ports, the national motorway and trunk road network. The department had oversight of local authorities' transport planning, road safety, vehicle regulation and inspection, bus and road freight licensing and driver and vehicle licensing. By July 1983, the department had assimilated the functions of the Department of Trade for sea and air transport, including sponsorship of the national airline industry, for airports, domestic and civil aviation, shipping, pilotage, HM Coastguard and marine pollution. In 1984 responsibility for London Transport passed to the department, and in 1985 the department became responsible for the regulation of taxis and private hire cars, previously the responsibility of the Home Office.
In 1990, agency status was acquired by certain sections of the Department of Transport. Further agencies were created in April 1994.
In May 1997 the Department of Transport and its functions became part of the newly formed Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
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