The basic rationale behind the need for a strong administration in road transport sector in the State were as follows:
- Transport is a Concurrent Subject passenger transport is a state monopoly in most states.
- The national investment in roads and road transport sector is as high as in other modes of transport and communication like railways, airways, waterways etc.
- The road transport department was grossly under staffed, though it handles a larger section of passenger and freight
- The accelerated pace of road transport development cannot be denied in the process of rapid economic development. This essentially requires an efficient management and administration of this vital sector.
The main objectives of transport administration are:
- To maintain and improve the skill management for the department personnel.
- To ensure transparency in the day-to-day management and administration of the officials.
- To enhance the scope of additional resource mobilization in road transport sector.
- To provide a road user friendly transport administration in the State.
- To protect the public interest by making their mobility safe and comfortable on road.
- To expedite the process of modernization for a more efficient, vibrant and productive road transport management system in the State.
- Technological intervention to make a large number of services related to motor vehicles online.
- Quick service for different service-users.
Structure and Functions
Transport Commissioner-cum-Chairman as the head of the State Transport Authority, Orissa ensures appropriate implementation of provision of MV Act and Rules made there under; collection of MV revenue and regulation of passenger and goods transport by road for delivering an efficient, convenient and safe transport system to the mobile population of the State.
All the RTOs, Border Check gates, Dy Commissiner’s offices and Driving Training School are under the administrative control of Transport Commissioner.
- Addl. Commissioner, Transport (Administration): One senior officer from Orissa Administrative Service holds the post of Addl Commissioner Transport (Admin) which has overall responsibility of maintaining administrative discipline and reforms in the department.
- Addl. Commissioner, Transport (Enforcement): One senior officer from Indian Police Service in the rank of D.I.G holds the post of Addl. Commissioner of Transport to ensure timely and effective enforcement of the MV Act and Rules.
- Secretary, State Transport Authority -cum-Addl Commissioner, Transport (Permit): The post is discharged by one Senior OAS Officer who is responsible for issuing inter-district permits, inter-state permits to stage carriages and national permits to goods vehicle to ply in other states.
- Additional Commissioner, Transport (Technical): One senior Technical Officer holds the post with the responsibility to monitor and administer the works of IMVs and Jr. IMVs of the department.
- Joint Commissioner Transport (Tax): One senior officer from OAS cadre in the rank of OAS(SS) discharges this duty by monitoring, reviewing and auditing the tax revenue collection of all RTOs and additional/ assistant RTOs.
Regional Transport Office (RTO)
There are 35 RTOs and 3 ARTOs distributed geographically in the state of Orissa keeping the public convenience in mind and vehicle population within the region. The staffing pattern of each RTO includes one Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Inspector of Motor Vehicle IMV, Addl RTO (Enforcement), Addl RTO (General), Asst RTO, Asst. MVIs, Jr. MVIs, Traffic Inspectors, Traffic Sub-Inspectors, OMVD Constables (Enforcement) and Ministerial Staff. RTO is in overall charge of transport administration in the region. They act as the key personnel in field offices to enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Rules.
Border Check Gates
There are 13 border check gates, but they are no more manned by OMVD personnels since 31/03/2017 so as to facilitate hassel-free and quick transit of inter-state vehicles. But the inter-state check-gates are essential while keeping a check on count of passengers and vehicles entering the state.
Driving Training School
There is one Government runned Driving Training School under the administrative control of OMV department which is located at Bhubaneswar. The school headed by Principal, imparts training to unemployed youths for self-employment, direct employment and income generation. There are many private driving schools duly authorized by STA.