The Transport General Authority (TGA) is the regulatory and legislative Authority for the railway, maritime and land transport industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. TGA maintains high standards of quality and safety in the transport sectors. TGA uses data and technology to create a safe and efficient transport environment and promotes investment opportunities to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 socio-economic goals.
- • The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 373 dated Dhu al-Qadah 15, 1433 AH (01/10/2012 AD), which established the Public Transport Authority (PTA).
- • The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 323 dated Ramadan 14, 1434 AH (22/07/2013 AD) on the Statute of PTA.
- • The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 248 dated Jumada al-Thani 1437 AH (21/03/2016), to merge the Saudi Railway Commission into the PTA.
- • The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 707 dated Dhu al-Qadah 30, 1438 AH (22/08/2017 AD), which amended the Statute of PTA to make it report directly to the Prime Minister and to establish a board of directors for the Authority, and the Chairman of the board being appointed by a royal decree.
- • The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 631 dated 06/11/1440 AH (09/07/2019 AD), which changed the name of the “Public Transport Authority (PTA)” to the “Transport General Authority (TGA)” and amended its Statute.
- • Improving the regulatory and legislative environment of the land, maritime and railway transport sectors.
- • Providing efficient and integrated public transport networks that cover all modes of land, maritime and railway transport.
- • Setting up the highest standards of safety and quality in public transport and supervising the compliance to these standards.
- • Adopting environmental standards and requirements to reduce environmental impacts and conserve energy.
- • Promoting investment and private sector participation in transport projects and services.
- • Encouraging the use of public transport.
- • Adopting modern technologies to manage and control the transport sectors.
Towards safe, efficient, integrated and environmentally friendly transport, for sustainable development
Working on organizing and developing land, sea and rail transport activities to provide an efficient and high quality transport environment at an appropriate cost, based on the latest technologies, and enhance investment opportunities in the transport industry in order to achieve economic development goals and social.
The land transport sector at TGA aims to organise and develop transport activities such as car rental, transport by coaches, buses, taxis and freight haulage by trucks, in addition to their support activities, and to make them highly effective economically and socially. The sector grants licenses and permits to vehicles, operators and transport facilities, and monitors their operations. The sector also develops the executive regulations and ensures the compliance of these, employing modern technology in monitoring and supervising the sector, ensuring fair competition between service providers and protecting the interests of users. The land transport services provided are essential for supporting economic and social development in the Kingdom.
The maritime transport sector aims to develop and enhance the merchant fleet and passenger vessels operating under the Saudi flag and to ensure that the seafarers on board these vessels are qualified, in line with the international conventions for safety, marine environment protection and maritime security issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Moreover, the maritime sector aims to develop maritime transport activities and services on a sustainable basis to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The railway transport sector of TGA supervises the safety, quality and efficiency of railway services around the kingdom. The sector is responsible for licensing the railway service providers which include high-speed inter-city passenger operations, heavy-haul freight, metros, tramways and automatic people mover systems. It sets the required technical standards and controls for designing, constructing, commissioning, operating and maintaining railway infrastructure, vehicles and systems. It supervises the privatisation of railways in partnership with the private sector internationally and domestically. It develops and issues regulations to implement the requirements under the law, including licensing and safeguarding passenger rights. It undertakes, whenever necessary, technical investigations into railway accidents so as to improve safety. It leads the processes for the planning and development of services of the national - and future international - routes on the railway network within the framework of the National Transport Strategy to achieve the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
- • The International Maritime Organization (IMO).
- • The International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
- • The International Union of Railways (UIC).