Department for Transport

The Department for Transport (DfT) is responsible for the English transport network and for transport matters in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which are not devolved. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the department’s activities, policies, publications and announcements. Specific publications such as traffic advisory leaflets, ‘Roads’ circulars, and guidance for local authorities on street works, may best be found by conducting a Publications search.

Highway Code

Online version, specifically adapted for online use from the current print edition of The Highway Code.

London Tribunals

London Tribunals, formerly known as the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS), provides administrative support to the Environment and Traffic Adjudicators and the Road User Charging Adjudicators, which consider appeals against Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued by the London local authorities and Transport for London. The site includes information on the enforcement and appeals process, links to legislation, annual reports, and the statutory registers of appeal cases.

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) enters into agreements with the government concerning compensation of victims of road accidents caused by negligent uninsured and untraced drivers. Documents on the site include the texts of all the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreements and Untraced Drivers’ Agreements applying within various parts of the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. To access these select “Making a claim”.

Office of Rail and Road

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR – formerly the Office of Rail Regulation) is the independent regulator of Britain’s railway industry and monitor of Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency). Like several other economic regulators it exercises, concurrently with the Competition and Markets Authority, competition and consumer powers within its sector. Its site has a wide range of information and documents, and links to railway-related legislation.

Parking on Private Land Appeals

Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) determines appeals from those who have been issued with parking charge notices in respect of vehicles parked on private land in England and Wales. It is a non-statutory tribunal, established on 1 October 2012 by the British Parking Association at the request of the Government and currently administered by the Ombudsman Service Limited. Details of the appeal process are available on the site, along with the annual reports of the Lead Adjudicator 2013 to 2015 (when the tribunal was administered by London Councils), and other information.

Road Traffic Devices: Guidance for Police and Manufacturers

This is a section of the GOV.UK web site providing information on road traffic devices, such as breath testing devices, drug testing devices, speed cameras and immobilisation devices. There are links to various documents and lists of devices.

Traffic Penalty Tribunal

The Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), formerly the National Parking Adjudication Service, decides appeals against Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued by the majority of councils in England and Wales (outside London) for parking, bus lane, moving traffic and congestion charging contraventions. The site provides information on the appeal process, a selection of typical cases, annual reports 1999/2000 onwards, and links to the text of the Statutory Instruments which govern parking appeals in England and Wales (except London).

Transport for London: Congestion Charge

The traffic congestion charging scheme for central London was introduced in February 2003. Information here includes a map of the congestion charging zone, details of payment methods, exemptions and discounts, and penalty charges. Relevant legal documents are in the “Congestion Charge Publications” section. These include a consolidated version of the Greater London (Central Zone) Congestion Charging Order 2004, which provides the legal framework for the scheme.

Transport Tribunal

The remit of the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) includes hearing and deciding appeals against decisions of the Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors. This has been so since 1 September 2009, when the General Regulatory Chamber took over the work of the former Transport Tribunal except for that relating to the Traffic Commissioners, which is now dealt with in the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber). This section of the GOV.UK site has forms, guidance, links to legislation and procedural rules. There is a link to a searchable database of decisions on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary web site, which also includes decisions of the Traffic Commissioners extending back to 2000.