Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC)
The Department of Road Transport and Safety being one of the six (6) Departments within the Ministry of Transport and Communications owes its existence to the reorganization of the Ministry back in the 1970's. The function of the department were partially conducted by the then Transport Promotion and Control Division and being headed by Transport Secretary. Transport Promotion and Control Division was concerned with issuance of permits to public road transport service and freight vehicles. As a matter of fact most of the functions, which are transport related, were not performed.
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DRTS has implemented a number of projects to further its mandate of promoting and regulating both public transport and freight road transport. It has also done a number of projects to promote road safety.
During NDP8, the department established a network of 23 offices throughout the country to facilitate the implementation of the computerized vehicle Registration and licensing (VRL).
The Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) deals with motor vehicles from the time they are manufacture or imported to the time they are scrapped or exported. This Department deals with a variety of issues and programs in relation to motor vehicles.
DRTS does not deal with disputes and issues in sales of vehicles as assumed by many. What the department is involved in is Change of Ownership and not the actual sale.
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In order to promote road safety, the DTRS operates through the National Road Safety Committee and District Road Safety Committees. These committees mandate is the promotion by all practicable means of road safety within their jurisdiction.
Road Transport Permits
Any application for road transport permits is submitted to the transport secretary (director DRTS). The secretary may consult with the Transport Advisory Boards, but is not bound to accept such advice. Currently there are six boards covering the entire country. There are located at Lobatse, Gaborone, Serowe, Selibe Phikwe, Francistown and Maun. The boards function independent of each other.