• Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in Kerala 

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    The Transport Department of India is responsible for ensuring that the guidelines in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 are being implemented in every region of the country. Thus, a state transport department was set up in each state, including Kerala, to overlook the development of the transport industry within the state. Further, each state has Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) that perform the functions given in the Motor Vehicles Act.

    The state of Kerala monitors the movement of vehicles, the development of roads, and compliance with the safety norms. There are many RTOs in Kerala where individuals can avail various services. Read further to understand the functions of RTOs and the locations where RTOs are found in Kerala.

    Functions of RTOs in Kerala

    The services offered in RTOs in the state of Kerala are as mentioned below:

    • The first and foremost function is to enforce all the acts mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 with regard to getting the right documents to ride/drive as well as levying fines on those who do not follow the traffic rules.
    • Anybody who wishes to get a driving licence in Kerala to use a vehicle can apply for one in an RTO. The application process will be taken care of by the RTO and the necessary tests are conducted before the licence is issued to the concerned applicants. RTOs issue learner’s licences, driving licences, and international driving permits.
    • The RTO also monitors the registration of vehicles. This includes temporary or permanent registration of new vehicles, transfer of ownership of used vehicles, provision of no objection certificate in case of transfer of the vehicle to a different jurisdiction, issuance of fitness certificate, issuance of permits, issuance and renewal of trade certificates and so on.
    • A number of fees/taxes are payable to the RTO such as the IMV fees, motor vehicles tax, and DA charges.
    • RTOs are also required to look after the inspection of the many vehicles that cross check posts within the state.
    • Kerala RTOs are also responsible for environmental upgradations of vehicles such as the installation of CNG or LPG facilities in vehicles. Also, RTOs are directed to establish PUC testing centres in different regions of the state.
    • Road safety measures are of utmost importance in Kerala and the RTOs are responsible for ensuring all necessary measures are taken to keep those on the roads safe.

    Kerala RTO locations and codes

    Thiruvananthapuram KL01
    Adoor KL26
    Alappuzha KL04
    Alathur KL49
    Aluva KL41
    Angamaly KL63
    Attingal KL16
    Chalakkudy KL64
    Changanassery KL33
    Chengannur KL30
    Cherthala KL32
    Devikulam KL68
    Ernakulam KL07
    Guruvayur KL46
    Idukki KL06
    Irinjalakuda KL45
    Kanhangad KL60
    Kanjirappally KL34
    Kannur KL13
    Karunagapally KL23
    Kasargode KL14
    Kayamkulam KL29
    Kazhakkoottam KL22
    Kerala KL15
    Kodungallur KL47
    Koduvally KL57
    Kollam KL02
    Kothamangalam KL44
    Kottarakara KL24
    Kottayam KL05
    Koyilandi KL56
    Kozhikode KL11
    Kunnathur KL61
    Kuttanadu KL66
    Malappuram KL10
    Mallappally KL28
    Mannarghat KL50
    Mattancherry KL43
    Mavelikara KL31
    Muvattupuzha KL17
    Nedumangad KL21
    Neyyattinkara KL20
    North Paravur KL42
    Ottappalam KL51
    Pala KL35
    Palakkad KL09
    Parassala KL19
    Pathanamthitta KL03
    Pattambi KL52
    Perinthalmanna KL53
    Perumbavoor KL40
    Ponnani KL54
    Punalur KL25
    Ranni KL62
    Taliparamba KL59
    Thalassery KL58
    Thirurangadi KL65
    Thiruvalla KL27
    Thodupuzha KL38
    Thripunithura KL39
    Thrissur KL08
    Tirur KL55
    Udumbanchola KL69
    Uzhavoor KL67
    Vadakara KL18
    Vaikom KL36
    Vandiperiyar KL37
    Wadakkancherry KL48
    Wayanad KL12

    In conclusion

    Residents of Kerala who want to apply for a driving licence, registration certificate, permit, etc., can do so in the nearest RTO or through the official website (https://mvd.kerala.gov.in/). The application process including the uploading of relevant documents and payment of fees can be done on the website. Individuals can calculate the tax payable and take mock tests for obtaining a learner’s licence on the website.

    News About RTO in Kerala

    • Kerala RTO cracks down on modified vehicles

      With the Supreme Court of India making an amendment in Section 52(1) under the Motor Vehicles Act, which states that vehicle owners in the country cannot modify their vehicles and only original specifications of a vehicle will be considered road legal, the Kerala Regional Transport Office has carried out a drive to crack down on modified vehicles in the state. Called ‘Operation Freake’ by the Kerala RTO authorities, around 65 vehicles were pulled over by the Kerala RTO authorities and fines were slapped as the vehicle owners had not adhered to the rules. The drive was carried out on March 22 and March 23rd by the Enforcement RTO and was led by K Manoj Kumar. Most offenders who had modified vehicles were fined up to Rs.2,000 on the spot while some vehicles were seized and the registration of the vehicle was cancelled. Following the Supreme Court ruling against modified vehicles, Mumbai RTO officials have recently been carrying out several drives as well.

      27 March 2019

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