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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) an apex organisation of the central government is engaged in formulating and administering policies for road transport, national highways and transport research in consultation with other Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments/UT Administrations, organisations and individuals. Ministry has two wings:

  • Roads wing, and
  • Transport wing

Roads wing - deals with development and maintenance of National Highway in the country. Main Responsibilities of this wing are as follows:

  • Planning, development and maintenance of National Highways 
  • Evolves standard specifications for roads and bridges 
  • Extends technical and financial support to State Governments for the development of state roads and the roads of inter-state connectivity and economic importance

MoRTH has developed “Specifications for Road & Bridge Works” and mostly referred the standards developed by other bodies like Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Indian Roads Congress (IRC).

Transport wing - deals with matter relating to Road Transport. Main Responsibilities of this wing are as follows:

  • Framing Motor Vehicle legislation and administration of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
  • Taxation of motor vehicles
  • Compulsory insurance of motor vehicles.
  • Administration of the Road Transport Corporations Act, 1950.
  • 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 
  • Collects, compiles and analyses road accidents and takes steps for developing a

            Road Safety Culture in the country 

Transport wing of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is responsible for the following two important legislations amongst the various Acts, Rules & Notifications related to roads & transports framed by the Ministry:

  1. Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
  2. Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989

MoRTH notifies the Automotive Industry Standards (AIS) for various parts, components and assemblies used in the manufacture of motor vehicles. The details of these Automotive Industry Standards are available in the website of Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

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