Records of the Department of Transport

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Records of the Department of Transport
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Selected records from series first created within the Department for Transport separated out from the Department of the Environment in 1976.

Continuing Survey of Goods Vehicles Database: LM 1.

Local Urban Transport (LUT Series) Files: LM 2.

Transport Works Act 1992 Files (TWA Series): LM 3.

International Aviation Directorate: Registered Files (IAD series) LM 4.

Public Transport London (PTL and PTLO series): LM 5.

Date: 1976-2000
Separated Material: Other records in series beginning in the Ministry of Transport are in
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Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1997-2001
Department of Transport, 1976-1997
Physical description: 5 series
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Administrative / biographical background:

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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