Mission of the State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications is to execute the public regulation of road transport activity of the Republic of Lithuania and to perform the state supervision of road transport economic entities, creating equal and favourable competition conditions for free and secure transportation of passengers and goods, seeking to achieve the trust of the society and business sector by providing honest, fair and responsible services.
The State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications was established on 31 May 1993 by resolution No 382 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the establishment of the State Road Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It is a budgetary independent state institution under the direct subordination to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Its structural units are located in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Panevėžys and Šiauliai.
Creating favourable conditions for free and safe transportation of passengers and goods
is among major goals of the Inspectorate
The rapidly developing road transport holds an exceptional place in the Lithuanian transport system therefore it is extremely important to create favourable conditions for free and safe passenger and goods transportation. 40 percent of goods and around 97 percent of all passengers are transported by roads in Lithuania. The State Road Transport Inspectorate issues licenses for freight transportation by domestic and international routes and for passenger transportation by long-distance and international routes. There were 88 carriers holding licenses for transportation of passengers and goods in Lithuania in 1993. They had 960 licensed busses and freight vehicles. At the beginning 2006, Lithuanian carriers owned 4404 licenses giving them the right to transport passengers and freight by domestic and international routes and possessed over 23 thousand vehicles of which 21 thousand were freight vehicles. After Lithuania’s accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004, the Inspectorate issues the Community authorizations for freight carriers and the Community licenses for passenger carriers allowing conducting transportation of goods and passengers in the whole territory of Europe.
Lithuanian carriers hold strong positions on the international transportation market and successfully compete with carriers of other countries. They carry passengers and goods to 34 European and Asian countries. On the basis of international agreements and in accordance with the established quotas, the Inspectorate organizes the implementation of the system of bilateral permits and multilateral licenses of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, issues permits and other documents for the carriage of passengers and goods to or through other countries, also issues permits to drive over-dimensioned and heavy goods vehicles in the Republic of Lithuania. The Inspectorate also organizes the issuance of driver attestations to drivers who are not nationals of the EU Member States.
Taking into consideration passenger flows and wishes of residents, the Inspectorate defines, changes and cancels the long-distance and international regular bus routes, controls the activity of bus stations. In the manner prescribed by laws, it reimburses the income to road carriers they have failed to receive due to privileges applied for the long-distance regular bus transportation, also controls the procedure for granting the road transport privileges to passengers.
Most important – road transport safety
Technical condition of vehicles is very important in seeking to reduce the number of road accidents and secure safety on Lithuanian roads. The Inspectorate formulates organizational principles of the state technical inspection, takes part in developing and implementing programmes of traffic safety and technical policy of road transport. Its specialists perform conformity assessment of vehicles and their components and grant type-approval certificates, authorize the activity of technical services (laboratories), state technical inspection undertakings and expertise enterprises. The Inspectorate also issues ATP certificates for vehicles carrying perishable food products and ADR certificates for vehicles carrying dangerous goods.
No less attention is given to preparation and skill improvement of drivers, in order to teach them to drive safely. The Inspectorate evaluates activities of driving schools and training institutions and issues them with certificates and authorizations granting the right to be engaged in road transport training, also certificates for driving teachers and driving instructors. Specialists of the Inspectorate examine the managers of the licensed road transport activity, the drivers carrying dangerous goods and other persons related to the carriage of dangerous goods and issue relevant documents.
Control secures qualitative conditions for road transport activity
Road transport control is an important area in the Inspectorate’s activities. It is aimed to reduce the number of violations, secure proper conditions for road transport activity and safety on roads. Officials of the Inspectorate supervise the activities of passenger and goods carriers, state technical inspection centres, driving schools and education establishments which give training on carrying dangerous goods. At the premises of undertakings, at the roadsides and border control points, the inspectors check how the drivers observe the driving and rest regime, control the vehicles carrying dangerous goods as well as over-dimensioned and heavy goods vehicles, technical condition of vehicles. The detected violations are analyzed and preventive measures are applied.
The Inspectorate participates in drafting laws and other legal acts setting requirements for the road transport, cooperates with Lithuanian and foreign road transport control institutions, exchanges with them information on the issues related to road transport regulation and control, participates in the activity of international organizations.
Modern technologies for improving activities of the Inspectorate
Seeking to strengthen the control, improve services to clients, ensure data security and its timely exchange with other institutions and bodies, also create conditions for implementation of the e-government concept, the information system of the Inspectorate is modernized with the help of the latest information technologies and telecommunication possibilities.
The latest technologies are widely used in the area of control. At present, a computerized information system of road transport control management is created at the Inspectorate that will ensure the operation of an integrated network-based control management of road transport and the exchange of data about violations in road transport with other control institutions.
An important step in strengthening the control of driving and rest regime has been introduction of digital tachographs in Lithuania. A system of digital tachographs is being developed in all EU Member States. The system will be used for the control of driving and rest regime of persons driving vehicles falling under Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3821/85.
The Inspectorate has created legal and technical infrastructure necessary for proper operation of digital tachographs system in Lithuania. From 2006, cards used for accounting driving and rest regime in digital tachographs are issued in Lithuania; safe electronic data transmission network is used to exchange information on these cards with relevant institutions of EU Member States. The new system of digital tachograps will efficiently help to improve work conditions of drivers, ensure traffic safety and equal competition conditions for all carriers.
In executing the public regulation and state supervision of the road transport activity in the Republic of Lithuania, the Inspectorate aims to create proper conditions for road transport business development and social progress, to improve road safety and to reduce negative environmental impact of road transport vehicles. In its activities, the Inspectorate seeks for gaining trust of the society and business by serving them honestly and with all responsibility. Highly skilled specialists who are working at its structural units in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys issue documents necessary to start road transport business, provide information about the requirements for transportation of goods and passengers by road in Lithuania and foreign countries.