The Department for Transport has confirmed its ministerial responsibilities and officials are now working with ministers to outline their imminent priorities.
The BVRLA will be seeking meetings with the new ministers to make them aware of the importance of our industry in helping the government deliver its decarbonisation and industrial priorities.
The ministerial portfolios at the DfT are:
- Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State EU Exit Planning and Rail, with overall responsibility for no deal planning, rail, cycling and walking.
- George Freeman MP, Minister of State for Transport Technology, Innovation & Connectivity. His portfolio will cover the future of mobility grand challenge, electric and autonomous vehicles, decarbonisation and the environment, spaceports, e-bikes and scooters and devolution.
- Paul Maynard MP, Minister for Aviation and Major Infrastructure Projects. This will include responsibility for Northern Powerhouse Rail, HS2, Crossrail 2 and aviation.
- Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister for Maritime and Skills, will oversee maritime, freeports, skills and apprenticeships, ‘Engineering: take a closer look’ and accessibility across all modes of transport. She will also be our lead minister for secondary legislation and for roads in the House of Commons.
- Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads and Security. Her portfolio will include security, international, roads, taxis and buses, light rail and community transport. She will also be responsible for all House of Lords business.