Transport Department functions under the provisions of section 213 of Motor Vehicles
Act,1988. The Transport Department is primarily established for enforcement of the
provisions of Motor Vehicles Act,1988, Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act,1924(Amended
1993)and the rules framed under these two Acts.
Setup of the Department
The Transport Department is headed by the State Transport Commissioner. He is assisted
by two Additional State Transport Commissioner, One Joint State Transport Commissioner,
Deputy Controller (F&A), Deputy State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, Service
Engineer, Automobile Engineer, Assistant Transport Commissioner (Tech) in the Head
Regional Transport Authorities and their Functions
The State is divided into 4 regions. One Regional Transport Authority is constituted
for each of the 4 regions under section 68 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 with
State Transport Commissioner, as single-man, Regional Transport Authority. These
Regional Transport Authorities exercise and discharge the powers and functions conferred
on them under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules made there under, which
mainly relate to control of transport by way of grant of permits.
With a view to decentralize administration and to be nearer to the public. Unit
Offices headed by District Transport Officers/Motor Vehicles Inspectors have been
created in the districts. Work pertaining to Registration of Vehicles, Driving Licenses
and taxation and issue/renewal of fitness certificate of transport vehicles is being
attended at these offices. Sub Divisional Magistrates (except at District Headquarters)
in Punjab have been appointed as Registering Authorities and Licensing Authorities
to attend the work pertaining to Registration Certificates/ Driving Licenses etc.
of non-transport vehicles at tehsil level.
Tax Collection Centre:
Eight Tax Collection Centers have been established in the state to collect tax from
vehicles entering in the state of Punjab from other states.
The main objectives of Driving Schools are:
- 1. Prevention of accidents by imparting scientific driving training to the candidates.
- 2. To offer refresher courses to Government and other Drivers.
At present more than 149 driving schools have been authorized by the Punjab Government
to impart Training.
Fitness Certificate Testing By Board Of Inspection
Fatal road accidents can be reduced, if motor vehicles are maintained mechanically
in sound condition. Fitness Certificates are issued to motor vehicles after testing
their physical and mechanical conditions periodically by Board of Inspection consisting
of District Transport Officer and Motor Vehicle Inspectors. Fitness Certificate
Testing Stations by Board of Inspection are already functioning at District Headquarters.
Truck Operators Highway Amenities At Kot Kalan Distt. Jalandhar
Truck Parking Complex on National Highways at Kot Kalan (Jalandhar) has been established
for use of the truck operators, drivers and cleaners and other operating staff.
There are also certain other objectives such as provision of resting room, first
aid facilities, workshop etc.