The Motor Vehicles Department functions under the provisions of Section 213 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (Central Act 59 of 1988). The Motor Vehicles Department is primarily established for enforcement of the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988, Kerala Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1976 and the rules framed under these two Acts.
The Motor Vehicles Department is regulated by the Government of Kerala in terms of policy formulation and its implementation. The Department is administered by the Transport Commissioner who is the Head of Department.
The top organisational structure of the Motor Vehicles Department is represented by the following:
|Hon:Minister for Transport||Thomas Chandy|
|Secretary,Transport||K R Jyothylal, IAS|
|Transport Commissioner||S.AananthaKrishnan IPS|
The Motor Vehicles Department, Kerala, was formed in the year 1958. Till then it was attached to the Traffic Branch of the Police Department.
The Department has four functional levels
- Head Office under the Transport Commissioner
- Four Zonal Offices under Deputy Transport Commissioners
- Eighteen Regional Transport Offices under Regional Transport Officers, of which one Regional Transport Office having state wide jurisdiction exclusively for Nationalised Sector and
- Fifty five Sub Regional Transport Offices under Joint Regional Transport Officers.
In addition, there are 19 Motor Vehicles Border Check Posts headed by Motor Vehicle Inspectors. At the Head Office, one Additional Transport Commissioner, two Senior Deputy Transport Commissioners, one Assistant Transport Commissioner, one Administrative Officer, one Finance Officer, one Law Officer, one Assistant Secretary, one Statistical Officer and one Accounts Officer are there to assist the Transport Commissioner. In addition, a Technical Advisor also assists him exclusively on matters connected with the control of Automobile Pollution, Computerisation and Modernisation of the Department, One matters
The major functions of the Motor Vehicles Department are
- Enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act and Rules
- Collection of taxes and fees and
- rendering services like
- issue of Driving Licences
- issue of Conductors’ Licences
- Registration of Motor Vehicles
- issue of Certificate of Fitness to Transport Vehicles
- providing transport facilities to the public by granting regular and temporary permits to vehicles etc.
Apart from this importance is also given to Road Safety measures and to the Control of Automobile Pollution. We dedicate ourselves to provide better and speedy service to the common man and proper enforcement of the statutory provisions pertaining to Motor Vehicles Act and Rules.
Road transport is a very vital area of public interest. We are committed to absolute integrity and judiciousness, courtesy and transparency in our efforts to achieve the above stated mission. We consider it our responsibility to enlighten the public about their rights and entitlements. It is our earnest endeavour to educate the public about the procedures associated with the various activities and transactions in the department. Thus the Department is trying to revitalize and simplify the various functions and activities and make them more people-friendly.
To render help to the public an effective and efficient public relations system was set up in all offices of the department. After considerable thought we have fixed practicable time limits for various services rendered from the offices. We make sincere and earnest efforts to adhere to the time limit as far as possible. We have introduced a revolutionary change in the issue of driving licence i.e. the licence is issued on the spot on the same day of the test. Another notable reform is the introduction of Computer Aided Learner's Licensing System(CALLS) for the issuance of learners’ driving licence and issue of the same on the spot. The CALLS was inaugurated on 23.05.2002 by the Hon'ble Minister for Transport.