The Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA) is a Government Regulatory Authority established by the Act of Parliament No. 3 of 2019. The Act repelled the act of the former regulator, Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA). The Authority is set to regulate the land transport sectors particularly, transportation of goods and passengers (commuter buses, intercity buses, goods carrying vehicles, taxis, motorcycles and try cycles), railways and cable transport. LATRA has its Head Office in Dar es Salaam and has regional offices in all twenty-six (26) regions of Mainland Tanzania.
Transport is an indispensable service and a vital determinant of the level of development in any society. Advancement in transportation reflects changes in the way of living, civilizations and economic development.
In this era, the application of advanced technologies revolutionizes various sectors, transport included, LATRA facilitates application of such technologies as a solution to challenges in the transport sector. This is done through the involvement of stakeholders, public and private partners. One of the notable successes is the Vehicle Tracking System (VTS). The system has been in operation for three years and has demonstrated remarkable results in saving lives and properties. LATRA shall continue to spearhead the use of technology to address transportation challenges.