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 The Royal Gazette Number 99, dated December 13, 1951, marks the establishment of the Transport Division in Trinidad and Tobago. The Gazette highlights the following:-

  • The duties of the Licensing Authority were placed in the hands of the Transport Commissioner
  • Mr O. D. Gibbons was the first appointee and the Authority was placed under the control of the Department of Communication and Works
  • The vehicle population at the time was approximately twenty three thousand (23,000) and most of the technical staff was drawn from the police force

 Transport Division’s Vision Statement

“We see ourselves as a semi-autonomous organization responsible for road safety practices and standards with high levels of responsiveness to the environment and our customers; performing at the highest level of professionalism, with tea spirit and a highly skilled and motivated staff, utilizing the appropriate technology and acting with integrity in all our efforts to do business electronically with a web enabled technology”.

Transport Division’s Mission

“To provide an efficient and effective service relating to the issuance of driving permits, registration and inspection of motor vehicles and Road Traffic Laws and the collection of associated revenues”.

Role of the Division

In accordance with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50, the Transport Commissioner is the Licensing Authority and is responsible for the registration, licensing and inspection of motor vehicles, the issuance of driver’s permits and other related matters. Under the supervision of the Transport Commissioner, the specific functions and duties of the Division include:

  •  Registration of Motor Vehicles
  •  Inspection of Motor Vehicles
  •  Issuance of Driver’s Permits
  •  Directing the supervision of traffic census
  •  Executing Government Policy in the area of maxi taxi operations
  •  Supervising private testing station
  •  Hearing appeals of applicants who are aggrieved by decisions of subordinates
  •  Collection of the associated revenues
  •  Regulating the private school bus system
  •  Performing related work as required


The following legislation provides the authority for the Division to execute its functions and related responsibilities:

  •  The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 48:50

               *Act No. 42 of 1934 as amended. This act was validated by Act No. 21 of 1978

  •  The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Insurance Act, Chapter 48:51
  •  The Maxi Taxi Act Chapter 48:53

              *Act No. 48 of 1970

  • The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment:-

              *Act No. 25 of 1997

              *Act No. 9 of 2001

  • The Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Amendment) Regulations 1999


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