The Road and Transport Safety Authority (RSTA) has developed new regulations to deal with the emerging issues of the growing number of vehicles and new technologies.
The Road Safety and Transport Regulations (RSTR) 2021 will replace the 20-year-old RSTR 1999 and enter into force from January next year.
RSTA Transport Director Sithar Dorji said past regulations did not take into account relevant issues and trends in current surface transport.
Some of the provisions of existing regulations are vague and difficult to understand, leading to differences in interpretation, he added.
Previously, drink driving was a major concern, however, drug abuse and driving is becoming an emerging problem, Sithar Dorji said.
He also said that driver’s licenses can now be viewed online through the mRSTA app.
“The new regulations will bring clarity and ensure uniform implementation across the country,” Sithar Dorji said.
One of the main changes in the regulations is that people with disabilities or disabilities can obtain a regular driver’s license, subject to a medical certificate issued by a doctor in the country.
In addition, the renewal of the technical inspection certificate for vehicles, excluding utility vehicles, will be done once every three years. However, commercial vehicles, including taxis, must renew every six months.
The new provisions also do not allow illegal modifications to vehicles such as changing the color of the vehicle without notifying the RSTA, the use of tinted windows of any kind for car windows and car systems. tinted lights in a vehicle, extending the size of the vehicle beyond what is specified by the manufacturer and modifying the horn with the intention of producing excessive noise.
If a person is found driving without a learner’s license, CID card or other ID issued by the Ministry of the Interior, the offense will be recorded and a penalty will be applied. Previously, such a base did not exist.
The age limit for applying for medium, heavy and equipment licenses has been reduced to 21 instead of 25. People taking the driving test with an automatic transmission vehicle will only be allowed to drive one vehicle. with automatic transmission.
For passenger buses, the operator must submit the list of drivers and conductors to the authority with the name of the transport company for the issuance of identification cards. It was found that there were cases of driver changes during the journey. Passenger buses will not be permitted to carry commercial shipments.
Any package or good (non-perishable), if not claimed for more than 28 days, will be delivered to the nearest police station. In the case of perishable goods, it would be disposed of by authority.
The RSTA amended 135 new provisions and omitted 14 provisions from previous regulations.