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    Road safety rules and guidelines of a particular state are governed by the Transport Department in the respective states. Uttarakhand’s Transport Department was established after the state came into existence in November 2000. This department is responsible for all road transport and safety provisions throughout the state. Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) located in the state are controlled by this department. Residents of Uttarakhand may visit these RTOs if they wish to get a license or register their vehicles. Before we take a look at the RTOs located in the state, let’s check out the primary duties of these offices. 

    Functions of Uttarakhand RTOs 

    The duties of RTOs in a state remain pretty much the same throughout India. Some of the primary duties of the RTOs located in Uttarakhand are listed as follows: 

    • Vehicle registration: If you buy a new vehicle, it must be registered without fail. It is illegal for a vehicle to be driven on Indian roads before registration. RTOs register these new vehicles and issue them a unique number. This number must be displayed on both sides of the vehicle without fail. RTOs also maintain the database containing information about all the registered vehicles. 
    • Issuing license: This is another major duty of the RTOs located in India. Individuals who drive motor vehicles must have a valid driving license. RTOs issue these licenses to individuals. Before issuing a driving license, an officer will assess the road safety knowledge and driving skills of the individual. Once the check is over, a license will be issued for a specific number of years. 
    • Motor Vehicles Act of 1988: One of the foremost duties of RTOs is to enforce the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. This Act provides the complete framework of what must be followed in India with regard to road safety guidelines. RTOs are in charge of penalising individuals who violate the guidelines listed in this Act. 
    • Collection of taxes: It is necessary for all vehicles to pay road tax in India. For new vehicles, a lifetime road tax is collected at the time of registration. RTOs collect these taxes on behalf of the government. Any fines for traffic violation are also collected by the RTOs. 
    • Fitness certificates for vehicles: Old vehicles that are being driven on Indian roads must be fitness certified. This is to ensure that the vehicles are capable enough to be driven. RTOs check the quality of these vehicles and issue them with fitness certificate. This certification is important for large vehicles that are used for commercial and transportation purposes. 
    • Permits for vehicles: Sometimes, vehicles require special permits in addition to their basic registration. RTOs check these requests and issue them with these special permits. These are mostly applicable to commercial and transportation vehicles in the country. 
    • Pollution control: This is another important duty of RTOs in the country. RTOs issue Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates for vehicles after assessing their emissions. If the emissions go beyond certain level, the vehicle must be serviced properly to bring it down. 
    • No objection certificate: This certificate is required when you move from one state to another. The home state RTO must issue this certification before the vehicle is moved to a different state. This certificate is valid for a period of one year. 
    • Road safety programs: RTOs also actively engage in conducting road safety programs for the awareness of the general public. This is mainly to ensure that people follow road safety norms when they use their motor vehicles. 

    List of RTOs in Uttarakhand 

    Name of District  District Registration Number  Name of District  District Registration Number 
    Almora  UK-01  Chamoli  UK-11 
    Bageshwar  UK-02  Pauri  UK-12 
    Champawat  UK-03  Rudraprayag  UK-13 
    Nanital  UK-04  Rishikesh  UK-14 
    Pithoragarh  UK-05  Kotdwar  UK-15 
    Udham Singh Nagar  UK-06  Vikasnagar  UK-16 
    Dehradun  UK-07  Roorkee  UK-17 
    Haridwar  UK-08  Kashipur  UK-18 
    Tehri  UK-09  Ramnagar  UK-19 
    Uttarkashi  UK-10  Ranikhet  UK-20 

    Things to note 

    Residents of Uttarakhand can visit the RTO during any working day and avail the services offered by them. However, it is important to use the RTO only within one’s own jurisdiction. It is not possible to select them randomly at one’s own convenience. With the computerisation of various services, it is no longer necessary to visit the RTO for certain basic activities. For instance, you can apply for license renewal online without even visiting your RTO. For more details about the services offered, you may visit the official website (http://transport.uk.gov.in/) of the state’s Transport Department. 

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