The Transport Department deals with the subject matter relating primarily to Road Transport. The Department administers the Motor Vehicles Taxation Act and Rules made there under. The Department also controls, supervises and regulates the working and functioning of the various bodies under the Department. These bodies are the State Transport Authority and the Regional Transport Authorities. There is also a Corporation under Transport Department namely Meghalaya Transport Corporation which was constituted under the Road Transport Act, 1950.
It is a major revenue earning department and has also an important and significant role to play in the matter of rationalisation, development and improvement of Public Surface Transport System.
Areas of Responsibility
Transport Department is responsible in administering, regulating and controlling Motor Vehicles in accordance with the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. It also enforces Acts and Rules under the Meghalaya Motor Vehicles Taxation Act (Assam Act IX of 1936 as adapted and as mended by Meghalaya) and Meghalaya Motor Vehicles Taxation Rules (Assam Rules of 1936 as adapted and as mended by Meghalaya).
The main activity of the Transport Department is to administer, regulate and control Motor Vehicles by way of registration of vehicles, issue of Driving Licenses and Conductor Licenses, granting of Road Permits for transport vehicles and in fostering and nurturing the development and growth of Road Transport Services in the State and to collect revenue from Motor Vehicle Tax, etc. Providing Pool Cars for use by VIPs, Ministers, State Guests and Dignitaries is another important activity of the Department.
Functions and Activities: Transport department administering the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the Motor Vehicles Rules framed there under and also the Assam Motor Vehicle Taxation Rules, as adapted by the Government of Meghalaya, is engaged in the following function and activities : Assessment and collection of Motor Vehicles Taxes and fees etc. Registration of Motor Vehicles after Inspection report given by the Motor Vehicle Inspector. Transfer of Ownership of Motor Vehicle and other allied matters. Issue / Renewal of Certificate of fitness in respect of Commercial Vehicles through inspection conducted by MVI. Issue / Endorsement of driving license on being found fit in competency and signal test. Renewal of driving license. Control and Regulation of Transport (Commercial) vehicles. Subject to approval, direction and recommendation of the R.T.A. Board, issuance/renewal of road permits to Public Service Vehicles or transport vehicles keeping in view the great public interest. Detection and illegal plying of vehicle through enforcement staff. Institution and disposal of offence cases for violation and enforcement of the provision of the Act and Rules. Disposal of offence cases and where necessary compounding of offences on realisation of cash penalty. Enforcement of the provision of the motor vehicles Act and Rules. Any other matters relating to transport administration.