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)
Louise Haigh (LAB - Sheffield, Heeley)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (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)
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Tuesday 7th December 2021
Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021
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Tuesday 7th December 2021
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
7 Dec 2021, 3 p.m.

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Wednesday 8th December 2021
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
8 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.

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Wednesday 8th December 2021
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Department for Transport
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
8 Dec 2021, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021
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Thursday 16th December 2021
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Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Transport (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 27th October 2021
Road freight

The Transport Committee is examining road freight. The Committee's objectives are to explore the immediate and systemic challenges to the …

Written Answers
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Electric Vehicles: Charging Points
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase the availability of …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 29th November 2021
Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2022
These Regulations amend the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2864, “the 1999 Regulations” and make provision for changes …
Bills
Thursday 9th January 2020
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021
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Dept. Publications
Wednesday 1st December 2021
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Department for Transport Commons Appearances

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Oral Questions
Nov. 24
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Nov. 26
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Nov. 24
Westminster Hall
Nov. 26
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 amend the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2864, “the 1999 Regulations” and make provision for changes to the specification requirements for category A2 motorcycles used for practical driving tests, and the upgrading of entitlements where a second driving test is passed in an automatic transmission vehicle.
These Regulations amend the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (“the 1999 Regulations”) to provide that if a person passes, or has passed, a driving test for a category B licence, that person is automatically entitled from the coming into force date of these Regulations to drive a vehicle combination of a class included in category B + E without having to take a separate category B + E test.
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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
7 Dec 2021, 3 p.m.
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting
8 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
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50 most recent Written Questions

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26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prioritise the economic and transport needs of the North during the reorganisation of his Department and Transport for the North.

Under the new client framework for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) as outlined in the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP), Transport for the North (TfN) will continue to provide advice to the Department through a joint sponsor Board for the programme. The precise terms of the sponsorship agreement will be discussed and agreed between TfN and the Department, but our ambition is for TfN to continue to input strategic direction to the programme to ensure that regional economic and transport priorities are fully considered in programme development. TfN will be provided with the funding necessary to act as co-sponsor on NPR and maintain access to core grant funding commensurate with undertaking their statutory functions.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the successful re-opening of the railway line between Exeter and Okehampton, what plans they have to reinstate the remaining section of the line between Okehampton and Calstock to secure an alternative route to Plymouth and Cornwall; what is the timetable for any such plans; and what assessment they have made of the risk of the Great Western Railway line to (1) coastal erosion, and (2) high seas.

My Department has invested over £120m to ensure the resilience of the Great Western line between Exeter and Plymouth. My Department is not proposing to extend the recently re-opened line between Exeter and Okehampton, to provide an alternative route to Plymouth. However, we recently announced funding to develop a Strategic Outline Business Case for a Restoring Your Railway scheme from Tavistock to Bere Alston.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to improve rail connectivity in Yorkshire in addition to the proposals set out in the Integrated Rail Plan.

We have recently invested £160million in improving rail services in West Yorkshire through the Leeds Capacity Scheme, to increase reliability, reduce overcrowding, and to give a better travel experience for passengers.

More widely, we want to provide as much clarity and certainty as possible on other future rail enhancements and will set out our plans shortly.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to make improvements to rail journeys between York and Sheffield in addition to the proposals set out in the Integrated Rail Plan.

We want to provide as much clarity and certainty as possible on rail enhancements and will set out our plans shortly.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will have discussions with Transport for the North to ensure that the Integrated Rail Plan does not detract from the plans of Transport for the North.

Consistent with its core statutory function, Transport for the North’s (TfN) will continue to produce a Strategic Transport Plan (STP) for the North of England that outlines local and regional transport priorities. The Department is already in discussions with TfN about the upcoming STP and will continue to engage with TfN as this develops.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will introduce mandatory alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help consumers resolve disputes in respect of the airline sector in the context of most other regulated sectors having mandatory ADR schemes.

The Government remains absolutely committed to ensuring consumers are protected when travelling by air. As announced in both the Global Travel Taskforce report in April, and the recent announcement on Regulatory reforms, we will consult on additional, flexible and modern tools to enforce consumer rights.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve direct transport links into central Manchester from Southport with (a) the rail network and (b) the bus network.

In collaboration with Network Rail and Transport for the North, The Department has developed the core of a new timetable for rail services in and around Manchester. It will provide more punctual, reliable journeys for passengers from December 2022, and includes services from Southport to both the North and South sides of Manchester city centre.

Ambitious infrastructure enhancements are then targeted to follow over the decade, and £26 million has been granted to Network Rail to develop and design improvements aimed at accommodating service demands.

In addition, all English Local Transport Authorities outside London – including the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - have published Bus Service Improvement Plans, setting out local visions for transformed bus services. The Government will invest £1.2 billion of dedicated funding in bus transformation deals to deliver improvements in services, fares, and infrastructure.

Liverpool City Region will also benefit from £710 million allocated at Spending Review from the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for publication of the final report of the union connectivity review.

Sir Peter has published his Union Connectivity Review as of Friday the 26th of November, the Government thanks Sir Peter for his work and will respond to his recommendations in due course.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of jobs that will be created from the nationwide rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

No such specific assessment has been made. Our Automotive Transformation Fund will accelerate the shift to zero emission vehicles and deliver support for 40,000 jobs in the automotive sector across the UK by 2030. More widely, decarbonising transport will lead to thousands of jobs being created in transport related green industries. The UK infrastructure sector is growing rapidly and our phase out dates for new petrol and diesel cars and vans have sent a clear signal of the UK’s direction of travel unlocking private sector funding which is expanding chargepoint provision and creating jobs and investment across the country.

Our forthcoming Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy will define our vision for the continued roll-out of a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK and will establish the Government’s expectations for the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the planning and deployment of charging infrastructure.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase the availability of on-street electric vehicle charging points in line with projected demand and (b) ensure electric vehicle charging points can be used with all electric vehicle models and are in good working condition.

We will invest over £1.3 billion in accelerating the roll out of charging infrastructure over the next four years, targeting support on rapid chargepoints on motorways and major roads, and installing more on-street chargepoints near homes and workplaces to make charging as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car.

So far, the £400 million public-private Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund has made three investments which will create 5,000 more rapid chargepoints across the UK and increase provision of on-street residential chargepoints for those without access to private driveways. The On-Street Residential Charging Scheme supports the rollout of local charging and is available to all UK local authorities to provide public chargepoints for their residents without access to private parking. This year there is £20 million available under the scheme and we have committed substantial funding to address this issue throughout this spending review period.

Our forthcoming Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Strategy will define our vision for the continued roll-out of a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK and will establish the Government’s expectations for the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the planning and deployment of charging infrastructure.

To increase confidence in the charging network and reduce range anxiety the Government consulted on measures to improve the consumer experience of public charging focusing on four key areas including ensuring the network is reliable and opening public EV chargepoint data to enable consumers to locate the right chargepoint for their needs. Our proposals will mean that consumers can easily understand where chargepoints are situated, whether they are working and available, and if they have the payment methods available that they prefer to use. We will publish our government response shortly and we will lay legislation in 2022.

All new EVs can charge on a ‘Type 2 plug’ for slow and fast charging. For rapid charging the choice is between Combine Charging System (CCS) or CHAdeMO. In 2017 we regulated through the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulations for all charge points to have at least a Type 2 plug for AC charging or CCS plug for DC charging.  Due to our 2017 regulations, and equivalent regulations in other areas of the world, requiring rapid charge points to have CCS, there are now only two EV models are available to buy in the UK with CHAdeMO sockets.

From the driver’s perspective, if they drive a car which has a CCS then they should be able to use any rapid charge point. If they are driving a vehicle that uses a CHAdeMO connector they will be able to use almost all current rapid public chargers, as over 96% rapid charge points come with both CCS and CHAdeMO cables.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to require the DVLA to return identity documents to applicants via a tracked postal method that allow people to reclaim fees for replacements if lost in the post; and if he will make a statement.

There are no plans for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to routinely return identity documents via a tracked postal method. The DVLA advises applicants that if they enclose a stamped, self-addressed special delivery or signed for envelope with their application, documents will be returned in those envelopes. This information is shown on the DVLA’s application forms.

In January, the DVLA introduced a facility for foreign nationals to evidence their identity and residency digitally. Those who have been issued with digital confirmation of their immigration status by the Home Office can generate a nine-digit share code through the View & Prove your immigration status service which can be used support an application for a driving licence. This will reduce the number of physical identity documents that need to be sent to the DVLA.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of whether the target of 4,000 new UK-made zero emission buses will be met.

The Government remains committed to support the introduction of 4,000 zero emission buses.

As set out in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 £355 million of new funding has been made available for zero emission buses. £150 million of this funding has been made available for 2021-22 with the remaining funding available over the Spending Review period.

In addition, up to 900 zero emission buses and associated infrastructure will be supported through existing funding made available since February 2020 from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, the All Electric Bus Town or City scheme and the Ultra Low Emission Bus scheme.

The Government has also committed to reforming the Bus Service Operators Grant, increasing it for zero emission buses from April 2022, and to setting an end date for the sale of new diesel buses, further incentivising the adoption of zero emission buses.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to initiate an independent inquiry into (1) the market for the hire of private aircraft, (2) the level of observance of current regulations within the market, (3) whether there is a need to tighten those regulations, and (4) the adequacy of the (a) powers, and (b) resources, available to the Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the market.

There are no plans to initiate an independent inquiry into these matters. The owners of private aircraft are not permitted to undertake operations for hire and reward. Commercial air transport operations must be operated by the holder of an Operating Licence and Air Operator Certificate (AOC). All UK AOC holders are overseen by the Civil Aviation Authority and are subject to appropriate high-level safety rules and ongoing monitoring.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average processing times of applications for the renewal of driving licences made online; and what steps they are taking to reduce average processing times.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online services are the quickest and easiest way to renew a driving licence. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their driving licence within a few days. The average time taken to process successful online driving licence renewal applications between April and October 2021 was two working days.

There are some instances where the customer has transacted online but will need to provide further information via the paper route. For example, if the DVLA is unable to confirm identity details or if a medical condition has been declared and needs to be investigated. This can increase the processing time.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Intergrated Rail Plan considers its interconnectivity with other modes of public transport.

The Terms of Reference for the Integrated Rail Plan make that the focus of the IRP was to look at how best to integrate work on HS2 Phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail and other major Network Rail schemes. The IRP proposals seek to improve connectivity. There are four strategic objectives set out in the report: improving capacity and connectivity, supportive the government’s levelling up agenda; reducing the environmental impact of the railway; and, providing value for money for taxpayers.

The ToR can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/high-speed-north-an-integrated-rail-plan-for-the-north-and-midlands-terms-of-reference/terms-of-reference-for-an-integrated-rail-plan-for-the-north-and-midlands

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of the potential merits of removing the Golborne Link section of the Phase 2b portion of HS2 as part of the Integrated Rail Plan.

The Integrated Rail Plan noted that there is a strong case for a connection to the West Coast Mainline (WCML) north of Crewe and that the Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was considering this further. The UCR, undertaken by Sir Peter Hendy, has considered whether any alternatives to the Golborne Link could further improve connectivity to Scotland. Evidence from the Review suggests that alternative connections to the WCML could slightly reduce journey times further compared to the ‘Golborne Link’. However, Sir Peter states that it is clear that further work is required to better understand the case for and against any such options; and has recommended the Government review options for alternative connections north of Crewe between HS2 and the WCML. The government will respond to Sir Peter’s recommendations in due course.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department made of business case for the Golborne Link section of the Phase 2b portion of HS2 as part of the Integrated Rail Plan.

The Integrated Rail Plan noted that there is a strong case for a connection to the West Coast Mainline (WCML) north of Crewe and that the Union Connectivity Review (UCR) was considering this further. The UCR, undertaken by Sir Peter Hendy, has considered whether any alternatives to the Golborne Link could further improve connectivity to Scotland. Evidence from the Review suggests that alternative connections to the WCML could slightly reduce journey times further compared to the ‘Golborne Link’. However, Sir Peter states that it is clear that further work is required to better understand the case for and against any such options; and has recommended the Government review options for alternative connections north of Crewe between HS2 and the WCML. The government will respond to Sir Peter’s recommendations in due course.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Integrated Rail Plan, what specific upgrades are planned for the line connecting Liverpool and Warrington; and when his Department plans to deliver them by.

Options for upgrading the line between Liverpool and Warrington have been developed by Network Rail as part of its work on Northern Powerhouse Rail undertaken for my Department and Transport for the North. The scope of these will now be refined in the next stage of development work.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average waiting time is for a person to (a) receive and (b) renew their driving licence.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a driving licence is to use the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online services. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their licence within a few days.

However, many people still choose or have to make a paper application. The DVLA receives around 60,000 items of mail every day. Currently, paper driving licence applications are likely to take six to ten weeks to process. The latest information on turnaround times for paper driving licence applications can be found here.

Specific information about the average waiting time for a person to receive their driving licence is not held but it takes an average of three days for mail issued by the DVLA to be received by the customer. The average time taken to process paper driving licence renewal applications between April and October 2021 was 32 working days for routine applications for entitlement to drive cars and motorcycles and 21 working days for routine applications for vocational licences. Applications where the driver has a medical condition that must be investigated before a licence can be issued will take longer.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many available HGV vocational tests were unused in each of the last four weeks.

The table below shows the numbers of available slots for vocational testing (Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) & Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV)). The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is not able to report LGV and PCV separately.

Available slots

Booked slots

% Available

w/c 25.10.21

546

2,328

19%

w/c 01.11.21

394

2,461

14%

w/c 08.11.21

321

2,617

11%

w/c 15.11.21

299

2,621

10%

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 19562 on Parking: Pedestrian Areas and with reference to his Department's consultation on managing pavement parking which closed on 22 November 2020, whether his Department has concluded its consideration of the consultation findings; whether that consideration remains a priority for his Department; when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation; whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend existing pavement parking legislation; and if he will make a statement.

In the light of the consultation findings Ministers are actively considering the options for addressing pavement parking. This remains a priority for us and we will publish the consultation response and announce next steps as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on Managing pavement parking, which closed on 22 November 2021.

The Department’s consultation on pavement parking ended on 22 November 2020. We received over 15,000 responses from a mixture of local authorities, disability organisations, businesses and other organisations. Since then each of these has been read and carefully considered. In the light of the consultation findings, Ministers are now actively considering the options for addressing pavement parking. This is a priority and we will publish the formal consultation response and announce next steps for policy as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with local authorities outside of London on pavement parking since 22 November 2020.

The Department’s consultation on pavement parking ended on 22 November 2020. We received over 15,000 responses from a mixture of local authorities, disability organisations, businesses and other organisations. Since then each of these has been read and carefully considered. In the light of the consultation findings, Ministers are now actively considering the options for addressing pavement parking. This is a priority and we will publish the formal consultation response and announce next steps for policy as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Guide Dogs and (b) other disability organisations on pavement parking since 22 November 2020.

The Department’s consultation on pavement parking ended on 22 November 2020. We received over 15,000 responses from a mixture of local authorities, disability organisations, businesses and other organisations. Since then each of these has been read and carefully considered. In the light of the consultation findings, Ministers are now actively considering the options for addressing pavement parking. This is a priority and we will publish the formal consultation response and announce next steps for policy as soon as possible.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the timeframe for the (a) publication of the results of the South Western Railway and Network Rail stakeholder consultation and (b) implementation of proposed December 2022 timetable changes on South Western Railway.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish (a) a detailed breakdown of the stakeholder responses to the South Western Railway and Network Rail stakeholder consultation and (b) the full responses to that consultation.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on South Western Railway.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the correspondence between his Department and senior representatives of South Western Railway since the launch of the South Western Railway and Network Rail stakeholder consultation in July 2021.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish any assessments his Department has undertaken on the carbon impact of reducing South Western Railway services from the level they were at prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide details of any proposed reductions in headcount at South Western Railway as a result of the proposed December 2022 timetable changes.

South Western Railway (SWR), Network Rail (NR) and the Department are currently analysing the feedback from the consultation with the aim of NR and SWR publishing a report together with details on next steps by the end of the calendar year.

I recently spoke about the estimated cost savings as a result of the proposed timetable changes on SWR at an adjournment debate and followed this with a letter which is available in the Libraires of the House.

The Department has already published correspondence between the Department and senior SWR representatives which is available online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dft-foi-disclosure-log-2021.

The Department has not carried out any assessments into the carbon impact of SWR running a reduced timetable compared to pre-pandemic service levels, and there are no proposed reductions in headcount as a result of the December 2022 timetable proposals.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage train operators to operate more affordable and flexible services.

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, published May 2021, contains a number of passenger-focused reforms that will bring in improved services and encourage the use of rail. The Spending Review 2021 confirmed £5.7bn of funding over three years to support essential rail services, and will see Government investing £360m in modernising ticketing and retailing systems, delivering a major overhaul to the way in which rail travel is bought and paid for.

There are a number of railcards available that offer discounts against most rail fares. We have saved a generation of passengers at least a third off their fares through the 16-17 and 26-30 railcards and went even further in November 2020 by extending these savings to former servicemen and women through a new Veterans Railcard.

We have introduced flexible season tickets across England this year; tickets launched on the 21 June and became available for use on the 28 June. This is a national product, priced to provide better value and convenience for commuters travelling two to three days a week.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to broaden the UK's recognition of covid-19 vaccination status with respect to vaccines administered overseas beyond the existing list of countries.

As of 22 November, people vaccinated with vaccines listed on the WHO Emergency Use Listing, in addition to those already recognised, can travel to the UK without having to quarantine. In practice, this means that Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin are now accepted at the border as well as Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen.

The Government will continue to work with international partners to expand the policy to more countries and territories where it is safe to do so.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Newport West constituency who have yet to receive refunds for flights cancelled during the pandemic.

The data requested for the number of individuals due to receive refunds for flights is not centrally recorded by the Department for Transport.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority reviewed airline compliance on refunds and worked collaboratively to improve performance on consumer obligations, over the summer of 2020. The majority of airlines now pay refunds within seven days. During the pandemic Government made clear, including through the publication of the Passenger COVID-19 Charter, that everyone should be as flexible as possible during whilst travelling during the pandemic, and the industry has responded with flexibility.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to provide a further funding to Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Government has provided Transport for London (TfL) with more than £4 billion in emergency funding support. This is in addition to an annual settlement agreed at the Spending Review worth approximately £1 billion per year up to 2024/25. This will be delivered through the GLA via Business Rates Retention and is in line with previous settlements. The Government will continue to discuss any further funding requirements with TfL, but it would not be appropriate to comment on future funding arrangements at this time.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of TfL on the application and selection process for drivers on the London Underground.

Transport in London is devolved and is the responsibility of the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL). While the Department works closely with TfL on a range of issues, operational procedures such as recruitment are matters entirely for them.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) employment, (b) recruitment and (c) retention of bus drivers.

My Department is working closely with ADEPT and CPT to gather information to gain an understanding of, and assess, the current staffing levels and recruitment pipeline in the bus sector. This will inform the Department about the extent of the shortages across the country, so that this can be monitored as the situation develops and ensure that Government’s response is appropriate and effective. The Government is committed to maintaining high service levels for bus users to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and has announced £226.5 million in Bus Recovery Funding to support this.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the experience following the UK's departure from the EU of light haulage and express couriers who operate across the EU.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) allows EU hauliers to continue to operate to, from, through and within the UK without the need for permits. The TCA ensures that the vast majority of journeys will continue as they did before the end of the transition period.

The implementation of changes contained in the TCA, which will be introduced during 2022, will include some changes for the light haulage sector in the scope of shared rules for international transport related to operator licensing. This has been discussed cross-departmentally.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with EU officials on the potential impact of the 90 in 180 day rule on UK citizens working in the EU.

Visa and work permit arrangements for the purpose of undertaking paid work is a matter for individual EU Member States. Since these rules are set by individual Member States,  it is not a matter that the Department has discussed recently with EU officials.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on (a) the Interbus Agreement, (b) the 90 day rule and (c) UK coach tour drivers travel in Europe.

The Interbus Agreement was a central part of discussions between the UK and EU during the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) negotiations for international coach and bus services.

The UK acceded to the Interbus Agreement as an independent member on 1 January 2021, which allows occasional passenger transport services (e.g. coach tours) to continue between the UK and other members of the Interbus Agreement, including the EU.  In addition, the ‘transport of passengers’ title in the TCA ensures that authorised regular (scheduled) and special regular services to and from EU countries can continue.

This was a temporary measure that ceases apply to the UK in April 2022 as the Interbus Agreement has now been extended via a Protocol to include regular and special regular services. The EU is aware that the UK will sign the Protocol and have legislation in place in time for when this change comes into force.

On the 90 day rule and UK coach drivers, visa and work permit arrangements for the purpose of undertaking paid work is a matter for individual EU Member States. Since these rules are set by individual Member States, it is not a matter that the Department has discussed recently with EU officials.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why fewer than 25 per cent of new public electric vehicle charging points installed in the last three months were rapid chargers; and how they plan to increase the numbers of rapid chargers.

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers will require a variety of a range of public charging locations and speeds of charging to meet their needs. The vast majority of EV drivers choose to charge their cars at home, overnight or increasingly at the workplace. For those without off-street parking, slower on-street chargepoints may work for them, or faster charging when they do their weekly shop, for example. Rapid and ultra-rapid charging is particularly important for those making longer journeys.

The UK is a global front-runner in supporting provision of EV charging infrastructure. The rate at which rapid chargepoints are being installed has been consistently increasing, from October 2020 to September 2021 the number of rapids in the UK increased by almost 40%.

The Government will provide over £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure, targeting support on ultra-rapid rapid chargepoints on motorways and major A roads to dash any anxiety around long journeys, and installing more on-street chargepoints near homes and workplaces to make charging as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car.

We have set targets for en-route ultra-rapid charging on the Strategic Road Network, to ensure there are enough chargepoints to enable long distance journeys and committed a £950 million Rapid Charging Fund to future proof grid capacity at motorway service areas (MSAs) and major A road service areas to prepare the network for 100% uptake of zero emission cars and vans ahead of need:

  • By 2023, we aim to have at least 6 high powered, open access chargepoints (150-350 kilowatt capable) at each MSA in England.
  • By 2030, we are planning for there to be around 2,500 high powered chargepoints across England’s motorways and major A roads.
  • By 2035, we expect the number to increase to around 6,000 high powered chargers across the network.

Our £20 million per year on-street residential charging scheme is providing much needed slower charging options near people’s homes, including for those charging overnight. In addition, our new Local EV Infrastructure Fund which will launch next year will facilitate the rollout of larger scale chargepoint infrastructure projects across England for local areas, including local rapid hubs.

Government’s forthcoming EV Infrastructure Strategy will define our vision for the continued roll-out of a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK. The strategy will focus on how we will unlock the chargepoint rollout needed to enable the transition from early adoption to mass market uptake of EVs.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department has received from Highways England on plans for the A46 between Teddington Hands roundabout and Evesham; and what records his Department holds on the number of (a) crashes and (b) fatal accidents on that route in each of the last five years.

National Highways is currently undertaking safety studies and speed surveys on the A46 between Junction 9 and Evesham to understand if any future improvements are needed. National Highways continues to engage with West Mercia Police about the possible review of the speed limit on this section of the A46 and will be able to provide a more comprehensive update in Spring next year.

The number of reported personal injury road accidents on the A46 between Teddington Hands roundabout and Evesham for the last 5 available years can be found in the table below.

Reported road accidents on the A46 between Teddington Hands roundabout and Evesham, 2016 to 2020

Year

Fatal

All

2016

0

6

2017

0

6

2018

0

9

2019

1

10

2020

0

4

Source: DfT, STATS19

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help prevent the growth of invasive Japanese knotweed alongside highways.

National Highways has a legal responsibility to prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading to adjoining land where it is on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and where National Highways is the landowner.

National Highways works on the principle that once a location has been identified and the extent of the infestation established, an appropriate method of control is then enacted to ensure eradication and to prevent re-infestation. Where Japanese knotweed is identified on adjacent land, National Highways will work with landowners to ensure eradication and prevention. National Highways, its service providers and supply chain, follow the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Environment Agency guidance.

On the local network, local highway authorities have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the highways network in their area, this includes issues such as overgrown vegetation. The Act does not set out specific standards of maintenance, as it is for each individual local highway authority to assess which parts of its network need repair and what standards should be applied, based upon their local knowledge and circumstances.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the use of biomethane and hydrogen in rural areas that are not connected to the gas grid.

Renewable fuels such as biomethane and green hydrogen for use in transport are supported by the Department’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

The use of biomethane and hydrogen in applications outside transport would be a matter for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the use of biomethane to replace diesel in the rural haulage sector.

The Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trials funded by the department included emissions testing on a range of dedicated gas heavy goods vehicles and compared emissions to equivalent diesel models. This research estimates the use of biomethane could reduce CO2 emissions from between 67-85%, however emissions of harmful air pollutant emissions were in some cases higher than the diesel comparators they were tested against.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support rural production of (a) biogas and (b) biomethane on farms for use as a vehicle fuel to replace red diesel.

Recognising the potential environmental benefits of biomethane, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme was amended in 2015 to reward biomethane used in transport and non-road mobile machinery on the basis of its energy content rather than volume. As a consequence biomethane is eligible to receive 1.9 RTFCs per kg, an increase on 1 RTFCs per kg, and double that number when produced from wastes such as manure.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether contracts have been issued for smart motorway projects on the (a) M62, (b) M40 and (c) M42 as of 24 November 2021; and what his planned timetable is for commencing that work on those motorways.

We are currently considering the Transport Committee’s recommendations contained in its report, Rollout and safety of smart motorways, and their practical applications, and will be providing a formal response in due course.

Contracts have been previously issued for smart motorways projects on the (a) M62 Junctions 20 to 25 and the M40/M42 Interchange, which is treated as one scheme.

Early design and enabling works contracts were awarded in early 2019 for the M62 Junctions 20 to 25 and M40/M42 Interchange, with work commencing late 2019. This included detailed surveys, hard shoulder strengthening and limited site clearance. Full detailed design was awarded on 11 June 2020 followed by full construction works on 23 October 2020 through a package contract to the Smart Motorways Alliance.

Main construction works for the M62 Junctions 20 to 25 is scheduled for January 2023. Main construction works for the M40/42 Interchange commenced in October 2021 with limited vegetation clearance and ecological mitigation for communications cable diversions.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what their target is for the number of electric car charging points to be installed; and by when.

We have targets for en-route charging on the Strategic Road Network, to ensure there are enough chargepoints to enable long distance journeys:

  • By 2023, we aim to have at least 6 high powered, open access chargepoints (150 - 350 kilowatt capable) at each motorway service areas in England.
  • By 2030, we are planning for there to be around 2,500 high powered chargepoints across England’s motorways and major A roads.
  • By 2035, we expect the number to increase to around 6,000 high powered chargers across the network.

We have not set targets for the total number of public chargepoints and we expect local authorities to work with the private sector to meet the charging needs of residents, businesses and visitors. Electric vehicle drivers will require rapid chargepoints to enable long distance journeys, but for many drivers, home charging on driveways and garages is expected to be the most convenient option for shorter journeys. Further, the Government has announced it will require new homes and homes undergoing major renovation with associated parking to have a chargepoint installed.

The Government’s forthcoming EV Infrastructure Strategy will define our vision for the continued roll-out of a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK. The strategy will focus on how we will unlock the chargepoint rollout needed to enable the transition from early adoption to mass market uptake of EVs. We will set out our next steps to address barriers to private investment, level up charge point provision, and regulate to protect consumers. The strategy will clearly establish the Government’s expectations for the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the planning and deployment of charging infrastructure.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 1 November (HL3360), how long the pause referred to is intended to be; what the financial penalties will be if a decision is taken to not proceed with the infilling of Barcombe Bridge; and why the price for the infilling was accepted after the decision was taken to pause the programme.

No decision has yet been taken as to when the pause to infilling work on the Historical Railways Estate might end. As advised previously, National Highways is reviewing its programme of works and seeking additional input through its ‘Stakeholder Advisory Forum’ which comprises key stakeholders, with an interest in historical railways and active travel. This body will review all future National Highways major works proposals, ensuring future schemes take account of stakeholder feedback and opportunities to repurpose and re-use structures.

No financial penalties will be incurred by National Highways if the infilling of Barcombe Bridge does not proceed.

The procurement activity for works to Barcombe Bridge commenced on 5 May 2021, before the pause was in place. National Highways took the decision to continue with the process as it was already underway and this would be more cost effective, and represent better value for money, than having to repeat the process at a later date, if required. National Highways have stated to the contractor that no work should be taken forward until further instructions are issued.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of driver's address records held by the DVLA.

All drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that the address on their driving licence is correct. Not doing so is an offence which can be subject to a fine of up to £1000. It is important that drivers ensure that the address held on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s record is accurate so that they can receive important information, for example reminders when their licence is due for renewal. The DVLA relies on the public to provide accurate information and only becomes aware that an address on its records is inaccurate when it is notified of such.

To help ensure records are accurate, the DVLA maintains a database of suspect addresses which is updated regularly, and places markers on individual licence records where there is information to indicate that the address held is incorrect. No further licences are issued until any issues have been investigated.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)