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Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

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An apex organisation under the Central Government, is entrusted with the task of formulating and administering, in consultation with other Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments/UT Administrations, organisations and individuals, policies for Road Transport, National Highways and Transport Research with a view to increasing the mobility and efficiency of the road transport system in the country. e Ministry has two wings: Roads wing and Transport wing.

Roads Wing

Deals with development and maintenance of National Highway in the country

Main Responsibilities:

    • Planning, development and maintenance of National Highways in the country.
    • Extends technical and financial support to State Governments for the development of state roads and the roads of inter-state connectivity and economic importance
    • Evolves standard specifications for roads and bridges in the country.
  • Serves as a repository of technical knowledge on roads and bridges.


Deals with matter relating to Road Transport

Main Responsibilities:

    • Motor Vehicle legislation.
    • Administration of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
    • Taxation of motor vehicles.
    • Compulsory insurance of motor vehicles.
    • Administration of the Road Transport Corporations Act, 1950.
    • And promotion of Transport co-operatives in the field of motor transport.
    • Evolves road safety standards in the form of a National Policy on Road Safety and by preparing and implementing the Annual Road Safety Plan.
    • Collects, compiles and analyses road accident statistics and takes steps for developing a Road Safety Culture in the country by involving the members of public and organising various awareness campaigns.
  • Provides grants-in-aid to Non-Governmental Organisations in accordance with the laid down guidelines.