Department For Transport Government Quangos (Public Bodies)

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British Transport Police Authority

The Authority is the independent body responsible for ensuring an efficient and effective British Transport Police force for rail operators, their staff and passengers.

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Directly Operated Railways Ltd

DOR fulfils the Secretary of State for Transport's requirements under the Railways Act to secure the continued provision of passenger railway services should an existing franchise not be able to complete its full term. At present DOR has a number of subsidiaries one of which is active: The active subsidiary is the East Coast Main Line Company Ltd, which is itself outside of the scope of this report.

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Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)

Statutory body set up under the Transport Act 1985 to advise the Government on transport policy as it affects the mobility of disabled people.

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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

The DVLA ensures that complete and accurate registers of drivers and vehicles are held and makes them as accessible and as flexible as possible, to those who have the right to use them. These registers underpin action by DVLA, the police and others to maintain the high levels of road safety experienced in the UK and the effective collection of vehicle excise duty (VED). DVLA registers are used to deliver other departmental and government initiatives such as traffic management and reducing carbon emissions.

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Driving Standards Agency

The DSA improves road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and for the education and training of drivers and riders. We also carry out theory and practical driving and riding tests. The DSA will merge with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency into a single agency in 2014.

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High Speed 2 Ltd

In June 2013, after the second reading of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill, the Secretary of State clarified that HS2 Ltd should continue to act both in a delivery and advisory role for the development of the high speed rail network. In its delivery role, HS2 Ltd is: • to help make High Speed Two an ‘Engine for Growth'; • provide advice to enable the Department for Transport to deposit a hybrid Bill in Parliament for Phase One (London to West Midlands); and • develop the design of Phase Two (West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester). In its advisory role, HS2 Ltd is to: • undertake strategic work on longer term options for serving Scotland and the North East; • advise the Department on costs, benefits and commercial issues for Phase One; • take forward initial work on the train and systems operations for the railway and work with the Department to develop options for the future delivery and operational model.

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Highways Agency

The Highways Agency was created in March 1994 as an executive agency of the Department for Transport. The Highways Agency (HA) operates, maintains and improves 7000km of strategic road network, which comprises the majority of England's motorways and major ‘A' roads.

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is an Executive Agency of the DfT. It provides a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service; enforces ship safety, prevents pollution, promotes seafarer health, safety and welfare standards by survey and inspection; registers and certificates ships and seafarers; and manages pollution prevention and response.

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Northern Lighthouse Board (Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses)

The Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses (operating as the Northern Lighthouse Board) have various powers and responsibilities in connection with the provision, maintenance, alteration, inspection and control of lighthouses, buoys and beacons. It operates around Scotland and the Isle of Man.

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Passenger Focus/Passengers' Council

Passenger Focus (officially the Passengers' Council) is the independent Passenger Watchdog, whose mission is to get the best deal for passengers. Passenger Focus represents rail passengers in England, Scotland and Wales, bus and tram passengers in England (outside London) and passengers on scheduled domestic coach services in England.

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Traffic Commissioners and Deputies

The seven Traffic Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and have responsibility for: the licensing of the operators of Heavy Goods Vehicles and of buses and coaches; the registration of local bus services and taking action against drivers of HGVs and PSVs in certain circumstances.

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Trinity House

Trinity House has powers and responsibilities in connection with the provision, maintenance, alteration, inspection and control of lighthouses, buoys and beacons for England and Wales, the Channel Islands, and at Gibraltar. Trinity House carries out a number of Maritime Charitable activities which are outside of its role as an NDPB.

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Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

VOSA is an Executive Agency of DfT, ensuring compliance with regulation of operators, drivers and MOT garages through authorisation, testing, education and information services. Where necessary it takes enforcement action against those who are non-compliant. VOSA will merge with the DSA into a single agency in 2014.

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Vehicle Certification Agency

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT). The VCA delivers its responsibilities to the Secretary of State for Transport as the UK Type Approval Authority for new on and off-road vehicles, systems and components.

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