The mandate of the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport includes provincial traffic as one of the areas of exclusive provincial legislative competence listed in Schedule 5 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The key focus areas of the Department with regard to transport include;
It is the responsibility of the Department to plan, regulate and facilitate the provision of transport services and infrastructure through own, provincial resources and through co-operation with national and local authorities, as well as the private sector in order to enhance the mobility of all communities particularly those currently without or with limited access. Strategic objectives relating to Transport Operations include;
- Promoting the delivery of a well co-coordinated, safe and affordable public transport service
- Conducting road safety programs through education and training for Traffic Law Enforcers, Transport Operators and the public.
- Broaden the accessibility of freight transportation.
The management of transport terminals such as inter-modal terminals, air passenger and freight terminals also fall within the scope of Transport Operations.
The Department is responsible to establish, manage, and maintain a safe and efficient road traffic system by providing high quality pro-active road traffic training, education, and Effective Road traffic law enforcement and to ensure that all privately and government owned vehicles registered in the province are licensed each year and that all drivers are appropriately authorized to drive their vehicles. Policy initiatives of the Department include;
- Improve customer service delivery at testing stations, testing centres and registering authorities
- Operationalize Special unit to ensure compliance and fraud prevention
- Maintain and support the Taxi industry
- Formalization of all public transport operators – Registration of associations, members and vehicles
- Create enabling environment for empowerment of the transport industry
- Monitor operator compliance and safety as prescribed by legislation
- Traffic and transport policing.
- Combating fraud and corruption.
- Reduction of overloading