• RTOs in Punjab 

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    In Punjab, all activities regarding the implementation of road traffic rules are enforced by the State Transport Department. This department also oversees the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) located in different parts of the state. One of the primary objectives of this department is to strictly enforce the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 in the state. The state is also a pioneer when it comes to the usage of Information Technology to computerise various tasks. The state’s Transport Department is managed by a Transport Commissioner and two additional Transport Commissioners. 

    Functions of Punjab RTOs 

    The RTOs of a state have various functions including issuance of license, registration of new vehicles, maintenance of vehicle number database, promotion of road safety, etc. Some of the key functions and activities of Punjab RTOs are listed as follows: 

    • Registration of vehicles: Whenever a new vehicle is bought, it must be registered without fail. All vehicles plying on Indian roads must have a unique registration number assigned by the RTO. The complete database of all vehicles in a particular state is available with the RTO of that state. 
    • License to individuals for driving: Only those with a valid driving license can drive a motor vehicle in India. In addition to enforcing the rule, RTOs also decide who gets to have a license for driving a motor vehicle. Individuals who apply for a driving license must go through both written as well as driving tests before getting a license.  
    • Rules enforcement: One of the primary duties of the RTOs is the enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. This act has been formulated by the government of India. The guidelines listed here provide the framework for road safety in India. RTOs oversee this in their respective states and enforce these rules. 
    • Tax collection: This is another important duty of RTOs in India. When a vehicle is bought for new, the vehicle owner must pay a road tax to the RTO. As of now, this road tax is for life and it must be paid mandatorily when buying a new vehicle. RTOs collect these taxes from vehicle owners in the country. Any fines with regard to violation of road traffic rules are also collected by the RTOs. 
    • Pollution control: There is a permissible limit on how much a vehicle can emit. RTOs check the vehicles periodically and issue pollution under control (PUC) certificates to vehicle owners. 
    • Assessment of vehicle fitness: Indian roads have a mix of new and old vehicles. Vehicles that are in use for over a specific number of years must be fitness certified before they can be used on Indian roads. RTOs assess the quality of these vehicles and issue a fitness certificate for them. 
    • Vehicle permits: In addition to a registration certificate, certain vehicles like commercial vehicles and transportation vehicles must have specific permits to operate in certain regions. RTOs check the validity of these vehicles and issue them with the required permits. 
    • No objection certificate: If you wish to transfer your vehicle from one state to another, you need to get a no objection certificate from the state in which you have originally registered. RTOs check the documents of your vehicle before issuing the no objection certificate. 
    • Road safety: One of the primary duties of the RTO is to promote road safety. Punjab RTOs conduct road safety seminars in different regions to educate the general public and newbie drivers on how to drive safely on Indian roads. 

    List of RTOs in Punjab 

    RTO Code  Locations 
    PB01  Chandigarh 
    PB02  Amritsar 
    PB03  Bathinda 
    PB04  Faridkot 
    PB05  Ferozepur 
    PB06  Gurdaspur 
    PB07  Hoshiarpur 
    PB08  Jalandhar 
    PB09  Kapurthala 
    PB10  Ludhiana 
    PB11  Patiala 
    PB12  Ropar 
    PB13  Sangrur 
    PB14  Ajnala 
    PB15  Abohar 
    PB16  Anandpur Sahib 
    PB17  Baba Bakala 
    PB18  Batala 
    PB19  Barnala 
    PB20  Balachaur 
    PB21  Dasuya 
    PB22  Fazilka 
    PB23  Fatehgarh Sahib 
    PB24  Garhshankar 
    PB25  Jagraon 
    PB26  Khanna 
    PB27  Kharar 
    PB28  Malerkotla 
    PB29  Moga 
    PB30  Muktsar 
    PB31  Mansa 
    PB32  Nawanshahr 
    PB33  Nakodar 
    PB34  Nabha, Patiala 
    PB35  Pathankot 
    PB36  Phagwara 
    PB37  Phillaur 
    PB38  Patti 
    PB39  Rajpura, Patiala 
    PB40  Rampura Phul 
    PB41  Sultanpur Lodhi 
    PB42  Samana, Patiala 
    PB43  Samrala 
    PB44  Sunam 
    PB45  Talwandi Sabo 
    PB46  Tarn Taran 
    PB47  Zira 
    PB48  Amloh 
    PB49  Khamano 
    PB50  Budhlada 
    PB51  Jhunir 
    PB52  Bassi Pathana 
    PB53  Malout 
    PB54  Mukerian 
    PB55  Payal 
    PB56  Raikot 
    PB57  Bhulath 
    PB58  Dera Baba Nanak 
    PB59  Dhuri 
    PB60  Gidderbaha 
    PB61  Jalalabad 
    PB62  Jaitu 
    PB63  Khadoor Sahib 
    PB64  Moonak 
    PB65  Mohali 
    PB66  Nihal Singh Wala 
    PB67  Shahkot 
    PB68  Dhar Kalan 
    PB69  Bagha Purana 
    PB70  Dera Bassi 
    PB71  Chamkaur Sahib 
    PB72  Patran 
    PB73  Tappa Mandi 
    PB74  Nangal 
    PB75  Lehra 
    PB76  Ahmedgarh 
    PB77  Guru Har Sahai 

    Things to note 

    With the advent of the Internet, it is now possible to do a lot of tasks online without even visiting the RTO. For instance, you may apply for a learner’s license using the Sarathi portal and schedule an appointment for taking the test. This helps you save a lot of time. Similarly, you can also apply for other things like change in address, phone number, etc., using online modes. However, not everything can be done online. You have to visit the RTO to take the driving test or learner’s license test. Another thing you must note is that you cannot choose the RTO office randomly. It is necessary to visit only the RTO in your jurisdiction for any kind of services. For more information, you can visit the Transport Department’s official website - http://olps.punjabtransport.org/

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