News and Announcements

Driving Test at Gedu on 9th March 2017

Gedu Base Transport Office, under Chukha Dzongkhag, RSTA will be conducting driving test on March 9, 2017. All interested individuals wishing to appear for the driving test may register with the Base Office, Gedu during office hours.

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Vacancy Announcement

The Human Resource Division, Ministry of Information and Communications is pleased to announce the Vacancies for the following positions:

SL#Position TitlePosition LevelSlotsMinimum Qualification RequiredPlace of PostingRemarks
1Communication Asst.S2 A1Class XII with Diploma in
Electrical Engineering/
Communication
Department of Airport, ParoRegular ( Submit the document to HRD, MOIC)
2Motor Vehicle Inspector-IS3 A2Class XII with NC3Base Office, Samtse Regional Office, Phuentsholing,

RSTA.
Regular ( Submit the document at Regional Office, Phuentsholing)

Interested Bhutanese citizens who meet the eligibility criteria may apply. For the eligibility criteria, please refer Chapter 4 of the Recruitment, Selection Appointment Rules and Regulation, BCSR 2012.

For the post of MVI  should submit the application along with the following documents at  Regional Office, RSTA, Phuentsholing, on or before 15th February 2017.

For the post of Communication Assistant should submit the application along with the following documents at  HRD Office MOIC, on or before 15th February 2017.

  1.  Duly filled RCSC Employment Application Form
  2. Academic Transcript/Training Certificate
  3. A Copy of Citizenship ID Card
  4. Valid Security Clearance Certificate
  5. Valid Medical Certificate
  6. No objection Certificate from the Working Agency (if employed)
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First Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey

On the auspicious and happy occasion of the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyal Wangchuck, The Road Safety and Transport Authority offers our sincere prayers and best wishes for good health and perpetual happiness to the Druk Gyalpo, the Gyaltsuen, the Gyalsey and the people of Bhutan.

we dedicate this occasion to the serve the Tsawasum with outmost dedication.

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Inviting Public Views/Inputs for Amendment of the Road Safety and Transport Act 1999

The amendment of the Road Safety and Transport Act 1999 has commenced. The RSTA, MOIC would like to invite inputs and comments from all on the Act and also the Regulations. Both documents can be downloaded or viewed from the websites of the Ministry of Information and Communications and the RSTA. Inputs and comments can be shared to us via:

1. email to head@rsta.gov.bt, kpemba@rsta.gov.bt, sdorji@moic.gov.bt, sonamd@moic.gov.bt

2. feedback and suggestion column/forum of RSTA website at the footer

3. RSTA  facebook page at www.facebook.com/rstauser and twitter @rstabhutan

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Outgoing Director General Officially Handed Over Official Charges Today to Mr. Karma Pemba, Offtg. Director General

Dasho Lham Dorji, the outgoing Director General of RSTA officially handed over the charge of the Department to Mr. Karma Pemba, the Offtg. Director General on January 12, 2017. During the handing/taking ceremony, Dasho expressed his gratitude to the family of RSTA for working cooperatively with him and bringing RSTA thus far. Further, Dasho expressed his wish for the successful furtherance of the Authority.

A farewell dinner was also hosted last night to the outgoing Director General to express respect and gratitude  for all the initiatives, guidance  and support rendered to RSTA family.

The entire family of RSTA prays for happy and peaceful life of Dasho.



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Weather forecast: Possibility of light Rain and Snow fall over the western, central, and northern Bhutan soon.

The weather forecasting center with the National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology forecasts possibility of light rain/snow over the western, central, and northern Bhutan in next 72 hours. The press release also says high altitude areas about 3500 metres above the sea level likely to receive light to moderate snowfall. In this regard, RSTA requests all the travelers to avoid driving in the late nights and early morning. All are cautioned to be care full of black spot, wet areas and the most important one, please drive slow. Drive safe and be safe.

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Snow fall and icy road condition reported along East-West high way and many other roads especially along high passes

There are reports of snow fall and icy road conditions along the East-West high way and other roads especially along high passes and wet roads, All travelers are cautioned to be careful and dive slow. 

Some tips for safe driving on icy roads:
Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. You should never be driving faster in any vehicle when roads are icy - not even on highways! In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing - like black ice - at 10mph or less! If you're fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions.

Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle's direction if the wheels are sliding.
 

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Workshop on Road Safety, Transport Management and Environment Friendly Transport conducted

The MoIC organized two days workshop on Road Safety, Transport Management and Environment Friendly Transport on 12 and 13 December 2016 at Galing Resort in Paro. Resource persons from Thailand and RSTA made presentations on Transport Demand Management, Pulic Transport Planning and Management, Traffic Engineering, Transport Act and Regulations, Online systems such as eRaLIS, ITS and environment friendly transport etc. Around 41 participants from RSTA,MoWHS, City Bus services of Bhutan Postal corp and Traffic Police attended the 2 days workshop. The workshop is funded by the UNDP under the Low Emission capacity building (LECB) project which is managed by the PPD, MoIC.

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18 new city buses Inaugurated by Hon'ble Lyonpo, MoIC

Hon'ble Lyonpo, Ministry of Information and Communications inaugurated 18 new city buses which will hit the roads immediately. Addition of 18 new buses was funded by the Royal Government Government of Bhutan, it would increase the city bus fleet to 48, which will greatly ease the traffic congestion in the city and also provide alternatives to personal transport.

Let us make public transport our mode of choice for daily commute.

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Multi-sector stakeholder consultation workshop Conducted

First multi-sector stakeholder consultation workshop on updation of National Transport Policy 2006 with the aim to develop an inclusive and sustainable transport policy 2017, was conducted yesterday by the MoIC in collaboration with the UNDP and KPMG who is the consultant for the work. The Hon'ble Secretary of MoIC,Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjore graced the opening.

A good start with active participation and deliberations by the participants. The updated Inclusive and Sustainable Transport Policy is targeted to be ready by May 2017.

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World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims Observed

"World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims" was observed yesterday, on 21st of November 2016. Hon'ble Lyonpo, MoIC presided the day by lighting 1000 butter lamps in memory of people lost in the road traffic accidents. At Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery, Zilukha. The World Remembrance Day is observed every year on the third Sunday of November each year. It is a major advocacy day for Road Traffic Injury prevention.

The RSTA would like to urge all road users to practice and promote safe driving practices and help prevent injuries and fatalities due to road crashes. Lets all join hands and together minimize road crashes, fatalities and injuries.

We wish all road users safe driving.

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Vehicle Emission Test Schedule

RSTA would like to inform all Vehicle Owners  that, Ms Yangki Emission test Agent, shall be conducting nation wide mobile vehicle emission test as per the schedule attached here. All vehicle owners are requested to visit the given locations at given dates to get your vehicle tested. 

Click here to download the schedule


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Vacancy Announcement

The Human Resource Division, Ministry of Information & Communications  re-announce the following vacancy for the post of Security Guard (also as sweeper) each at Base Office, RSTA Trashigang and Wangdiphodrang.

Interested Bhutanese Nationals meeting the eligibility criteria as per Clause 5.4 Chapter 5 of BCSR 2012-Contract Appointment Rules and Regulations may submit the following documents to HRD, MoIC latest by 10thNovember 2016.

  1. RCSC Employment application Form
  2. Citizenship ID Card
  3. Security Clearance Certificate
  4. Medical Certificate
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Highway Inspection along Thimphu-P/ling

RSTA and police conducts joint Highway inspection and on-road awareness program along Thimphu-Phuntsholing highway. The following  Parameters are covered during the inspection:

1. Registration Certificate validity

2. Road Worthiness Certificate

3. Loading capacity

4. Trash bags on commercial vehicles

5. Waste management on roads.

Since Its a colective responsibility to ensure safe and efficient transport system in the country, We request all public for cooperation for the noble cause.

'Lets make our roads safe and clean'

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Road Blocks Cleared

Road Blocks along Wangdue-Tsirang, Tsirang-Dagana, Trongsa-Zhemgang and Wangdue-Trongsa route has been cleared and is open to traffic, However all travelers are advised to be alert due to un stable site/road condition, shooting boulders and landslides. 

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Several Road Blocks Reported

Several road blocks reported  on Dagana -Thimphu and Tsirang-Thimphu highway. Clearing works would take time as reported by RSTA Tsirang and Dagana due to multiple block sites which has made difficult for officials to reach the other sides. Travelers are requested to note and be alert for safety.

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Refresher Course on Google Apps

The ICT Division of Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with Department of Information and Technology (DITT) conducted refresher course on GoogleApps today to the officials of Road Safety and Transport Authority.

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Age Limit Raised for Taxi drivers

Age limit for taxi drivers has been raised to 65 years from 60 years. However, after 60, individual taxi drivers shall have to produce medical certificate every year for renewal.

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APA with Divisions and Regions signed

Hon'ble Lyonpo for Ministry of Information and Communications graced the consultative meeting and the signing of Annual Performance Agreement of 2016-2017 from 13th-14th September 2016 between Director General, Division heads and Regional Transport Officers under Road Safety and Transport Authority.

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Vehicle Emission Test

M/s Yangki Automobiles, the vehicle emission testing agent, has started conducting emission test at the testing centre located at Changzamtog, Thimphu from 1st of September 2016.  Therefore, all the vehicle owners are requested to visit the testing center to get the emission testing done for their vehicles.  Six other testing centers across the country shall soon be established to cater to the needs of the vehicle owners throughout the nation.  RSTA will notify the public through this website as and when each of these testing centres are established.

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Cancellation of Vehicle Record

All vehicle owners are reminded to renew your vehicle documents and keep them up-to-date all the times.  Those registration of those vehicles which have not been renewed for more than two years shall be cancelled from the system.  The list of vehicles with their registration records cancelled shall be forwarded to Traffic Police to strictly monitor and prohibit their movement.  Therefore, please check your vehicle documents from time to time and renew them well on time.

 In case a vehicle's registration is cancelled in the system as a result of failure to renew the registration certificate on the part of the owner, registration of any new vehicle in the name of defaulting owner shall not be entertained in the future.

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Annual Performance Agreement signed


The Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for 2016-2017 financial year was signed on 4th August, 2016 between Hon'ble Minister and Hon'ble Secretary, MoIC. Subsequently Hon'ble Secretary signed the APA with the its five Department heads (DITT,RSTA,DoIM,DoAT and BCAA).

Hon'ble Minister instructed all officials of MoIC to put in extra effort to achieve all stated APA goals for which both Hon'ble Minister and Hon'ble Secretary shall be providing full support. The Minster also stated that team work is very essential for MoIC to achieve all of its stated APA goal. The Hon'ble Secretary also reminded the importance of achieving all the committed target by being specific on target indicators. He also informed that APA shall also however be used as a tool to evaluate individual performance.

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Construction of kamji Bridge completed

Construction of Kamji Bridge has completed. The route has been opened for traffic from 6.00 PM today (30/07/2016) for light vehicles and Passenger buses only. Heavy vehicles shall have to use Pasakha bypass until the site gets stabilized. 

Bolero's and other pickup Vehicles with heavy load shall also have to use the Pasakha bypass until further notice.

RSTA request all to corporate to make our roads safe to travel.

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RSTA System shall be down

Road safety and transport authority (RSTA) shall be upgrading its existing Vehicle Registration and Driver licensing system. In this regard, RSTA shall be migrating its system to new platform.

Therefore, RSTA shall not be doing any transaction regarding Vehicle and Driver License on 29th July 2016 till 31st July 2016 where 30th and 31st fall on week end. We request all our clients to complete your transaction before the given date to avoid complications in future.

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High Taxi fare

It has been learnt that many taxi's and other vehicles are ferrying travelers/passengers at very high fare/rate than the approved one at this difficult and risky road conditions. RSTA would like to inform all that, RSTA and Traffic police has put in Officers at all the block sites to ensure proper flow of traffic and safety of all. Together, we will also be inspecting fare imposed on passengers. All are advised to corporate and help each other at this difficult situation and avoid un-necessary incident.

RSTA would like to request all travellers to report on charging of excess fares to RSTA or Traffic Police along with the Taxi Registration Number at mobile Nos.17619720, Chief RTO,RSTA,Thimphu, 17714007, Chief RTO,RSTA, Pling, 17170202, RTO, RSTA, Monggar, 16913086 RTO, RSTA S/jongkhar and 17844788 RTO, RSTA, Gelephu and 17744402, CTO, RSTA (Hq)) or you can also call 17800394 OC,RBP Gedu 176114412 OC Tsimasham and 17808080 OC Traffic Pling). 

RSTA would also like to request Taxi Operators not to take advantage of the situation by charging excessive fares. RSTA and Traffic has already imposed fines on 7 taxis involved in such acts. It is a time to render whatever possible help we can to each other, not to take advantage of those who are in need.



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Road block

Road Safety and Transport Authority would like to inform all general public that due to heavy rainfall during monsoon, there are several road blocks, falling boulders and landslides at several locations along the high way.

There fore all are advised to restrain travel as far as possible for the safety of all. 

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Nganglam Border gate closed

The border check post in Nganglam is closed due to security problem in Daodara, Assam, India. All travelers are advised not to travel until further notice at this difficult security  situation in Assam. All passenger buses and other vehicles are stranded in Nganglam.

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Cancellation of Tender

As per the decision of the Authority Tender Committee, We regret to  inform all the interested firms that the Invitation of Tender for procurement of LAN equipment, CCTV and accessories for Thimphu and Phuntsholing dated 04-05-2016  has been cancelled.

Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.

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Appointment of Government Secretaries

His Majesty The King appointed seven government secretaries, today. The new secretaries received Dhar from His Majesty at the Tashichhodzong.

Dasho Karma W Penjor, the former secretary of Dratshang Lhentshog, is the new secretary of Information and Communications Ministry. He received the red scarf in April, this year.

Sonam Wangchuk, the former secretary of GNHC, has been appointed as the new secretary of the Labour and Human Resources Ministry.

Dr. Ugen Dophu, the former Director General of Department of Medical Services, takes over as the new Health Secretary.

Sonam Topgay, the former Director General of Department of Law and Order, is now the secretary of Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

Karma Yeshey, the former Director General of Department of School Education, is now the secretary of Education Ministry.

Nim Dorji, returns to the Ministry of Finance, where he worked for 25 years, as the Secretary, after serving as Director General of Agriculture Department for a year.

And Chencho Tshering, the former Paro Dzongda, now the National Council?s Secretary General.

The Secretaries to the Government are appointed by His Majesty The King, as described in the Constitution.

The Constitution says on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, who shall obtain nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission on the basis of merit and seniority and in accordance with other relevant rules and regulations.

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System User Training for Officials

RSTA is conducting systems user training for all its officials for the new Vehicle Registration and Driver Licensing system. With the new system, system has strict validations for all transactions as per RST ACT and regulations. We have also integrated our system with Census database for validating citizen information. Online payment solutions for renewal, penalty, replacement of document and others could not be started as RaMIS system is not yet ready and capable, however we shall be ready as soon as RaMIS is stable and capable for integration and online payment. Citizens shall also be notified via SMS and email for any alerts on renewal, afters transaction and etc. Road Safety and Transport Authority hopes  to improve our service and ease  work for both Vehicle owners and Drivers.

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Global Road Safety Week

The Road Safety and Transport Authority of Bhutan observes the "Global Road Safety Week" from May 2-10,2016 on the theme 'Being Responsible on the Roads'. The inauguration being honoured by the Thimphu Thrompon as the Chief Quest in the presence of other executives and dignitaries was held on May 2, 2016 at Changangkha MSS, Thimphu. The day was marked with the launching of the Brochure disseminating Road Safety Tips for PEDESTRIANS. The officials of RSTA distributed the copies of the Brochure randomly to the youth pedestrians across the country. The programme was funded by World Health Organization.

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Chief RTO joins Office

Mr Prem P Adhikari has joined Office today as the Chief Regional Transport Officer for Regional Office, Thimphu. The Director General, other Officials of Head Office, Officials of Thimphu Region welcomed the New Chief by offering Trashi khadar. Other friends and families also joined the ceremony and offered trashi khadar.

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Vacancy Announcement

The Road Safety and Transport Authority, Ministry of Information and Communications is pleased to announce the vacancy for the post of one Dy. Chief Transport Officer (P2A),for Regional Office, Gelephu, with the minimum qualification of Bachelors Degree (B.A/B.COM) preferably in Urban Transport Planning and Development. For details please contact HR Division of Ministry of Information and Communications during Office Hours.

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New Chief Joins Office

The new Chief Regional Transport Officer for Regional Office, Phuntsholing officially joined the office today. Officials of Phuntsholing Region and the Chief Transport Officer from the head office welcomed the New Chief by offering marchang, zhudrey phunsum and trashi khadar. Regional heads, friends, families and others also offered trashi khadar.

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Conduct of Refresher Course (Thimphu)

Thimphu Regional Office shall be conducting refresher course for the candidates who have registered with our office. The deadlines and the schedules are attached here and you are requested to attend the course acordingly.

Click here to view the Schedule


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Road Closure Notification

In order to facilitate the transportation of Electro-Mechanical Equipment of MHPA, Trongsa, the road widening of Tantalum along Thimphu-Phuntsholing National Highway under Chukka Dzongkhag, will be commencing with effect from 23h March 2016 to 26th March 2016.To facilitate the ongoing work and for the safety of all highway commuters, pedestrians and livestock in the area, All concerned are requested to kindly render co-peration to observe the following road-closure and opening timing with effect from 23h March 2016.



SL.NO CLOSING TIME OPENING TIME
1 8.00 AM - 10.00 AM 10.00 AM - 12.00 AM
2 12.00 AM - 2.00 PM 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
3 4.00 PM - 6.00 PM 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM


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ISSUE OF TAXI OPERATING PERMIT

The Road Safety & Transport Authority (RSTA) request all the taxi operators who have applied for TOP to collect their taxi operating permit (TOP) from the respective RSTA offices upon paying Nu.300/- (Three hundred only) from 1st January 2016 till 15thJanuary 2016.The Name of the Dzongkhag has to be clearly painted (No stickers) on the body of the taxi as per the standard prescribed (Arial black font, size 500) in the notification prior to issuance of TOP.

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Out Standing Vehicle

Road Safety and Transport Authority Informs all the general Public/Vehicle Owners to check with their vehicle renewal details and update all outstanding dues. Individuals found defaulting motor vehicle renewal/penalty dues shall be taken serious action by the authority.

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Opening of Financial Proposal

The Financial Proposal of the successful bidders from the technical round shall be opened on 10:30 AM, 25th November 2015 in the conference room of RSTA, Thimphu. Therefore the following firms/representative are requested to attend during the opening.

  1. M/s Sparkle technolgy
  2. M/s NGN Technologies
  3. M/s iTechnolpgies
  4. M/s Chilli Quest
  5. M/s South Tech Bhutan
  6. M/s eDruk
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