The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority was established in 1996 by an Act of Parliament.

Being an Act of parliament it was established as an Authority to regulate and develop the road transport industry, including the registration and licensing of vehicles, the licensing of drivers, the prescription of routes for passengers and good transportation, and for other matters connected with the foregoing.

The objective of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority is to regulate, coordinate and promote efficiency in all activities within the road transport sector with a view to enhancing or improving the contribution of that sector to economic development in Sierra Leone.

We achieve this through our core business functions:

  • To design, develop and administer rules and regulations regarding road safety and transportation
  • To undertake the development of the human resources needed to service the transport industry, through training and retraining needs of transport personnel in the private sector.
  • To study and advise the Government on vehicle standardization and maintenance backup policy, taking into consideration the need to conserve the environment.
  • To promote road safety.
  • To establish and maintain a data bank of relevant information on vehicles and the transport industry as a whole.
  • To do all such things as are necessary, expedient, or conducive to the attainment of the objectives for which the Authority was set up.

Transport Department

Transport Department is the Driver’s and Vehicle’s Standards compliance Department; with the mandate not to only test vehicles and drivers for competencies but also train drivers/riders to the required standards. Also the Department offered training for Garage Mechanics/Technicians, Driving School Tutors as well. Transport Department again monitor Driving School, Vehicle Fleet Owners and Drivers; with great emphasis on professional standards, Safety and business ethics.

Added to the functions above, vehicles/motor cycles involved in road crashes are often inspected by Vehicle Examiners of this Department to ascertain the possible causes of the crashes.

All Government vehicles are inspected for Pre and Post repairs

The Department comprises of various sections namely:

  • The Vehicle Examination Centre
  • The Vehicle Maintenance Section (service & diagnostics)
  • Hiring and Towing Sections
  • Drivers Training/Testing Section


The Department is responsible for carrying out the following functions:
Inspection of Motor vehicles and cycles for registration; Fitness; Valuation; Accident; Prohibition; Repairs,  Inspection of vehicles for Criminal Investigations; Transfer; Conversion; Damage or lost Plates.

The Department functions also include:
On-The -Spot checks; Public education; Sensitization on transport related issues;
As a Department, we have been very pivotal in the overall objectives of the Authority and in meeting its goal
Routing of commercial vehicles, Supervising the printing and distribution of Number plates, participating in vehicle Bid opening and Evaluation exercises as technical experts. Advising the Authority on technical issues relating to vehicle matters are other valuable contributions rendered by the Department in addition to the above mentioned
Moreover, testing of intending drivers and tutors for proficiency before the issuance of certificate/License, Driver’s refresher training; inspection of garages and driving school facilities etc are just among the numerous assignments performed by the Vehicle Examiners in the Department