New transport minister after reshuffle
- Douglas Alexander new transport secretary
- Replaces Alistair Darling
- Major motoring laws going through parliament
Douglas Alexander is the new transport secretary following a cabinet reshuffle.
Alexander, who also is now Minister for Scotland, takes over from Alistair Darling at the DfT as the Government aims to push through parliament a raft of new laws that will affect UK motorists.
The Road Safety Bill aims to introduce and overhaul a wide range of laws, covering speeding to mobile phones and uninsured drivers.
The DfT is also considering making changes to drink-driving laws and looking at road-charging to cut congestion.
Alexander, MP for Paisley and Renfrew South, was previously Minister for Europe. The job as transport secretary is his first cabinet post.
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