Department of Public Roads, Urban Mobility and Traffic Safety

The Road Section is responsible for planning, construction, operation and maintenance of our state highways and has overall responsibility for the governance of The Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The section is responsible for toll financing and for state highway ferries. The Road Safety Section is responsible for the Ministry’s work with traffic safety on roads and has administrative responsibility for road traffic legislation. The Urban Section’s responsibility includes the Ministry’s work with urban environment and urban area growth agreements, state part-financing of large public transport projects, toll road fee packages in urban areas and land use policy, public transport, environment and technology development which is relevant to urban areas. International work relating to land use and transport planning in towns and cities are also among the section’s work assignments.

The Road Section is responsible for planning, construction, operation and maintenance of our state highways and has overall responsibility for the governance of The Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The section is responsible for toll financing and for state highway ferries. The Road Safety Section is responsible for the Ministry’s work with traffic safety on roads and has administrative responsibility for road traffic legislation. The Urban Section’s responsibility includes the Ministry’s work with urban environment and urban area growth agreements, state part-financing of large public transport projects, toll road fee packages in urban areas and land use policy, public transport, environment and technology development which is relevant to urban areas. International work relating to land use and transport planning in towns and cities are also among the section’s work assignments.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Public Roads Section

    Framework conditions and control systems for The Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Governance of The Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Responsibility associated with planning, construction, operation and use of road infrastructure. Long-term planning and budgets within the road sector. Toll road cases and road financing. Environmental cases for the road sector. International road cases. The Road Act and regulations and issues associated with the Planning and Building Act.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Hans Einar Nerhus

  • Section for Traffic Safety

    The section controls the work on traffic safety on roads and the administration of the Road Traffic Act and associated regulations. Areas of responsibility include road rules, speed limits, safety equipment, sanctions, driving licences and driving licence entitlement, commercial driver training, working hours for drivers, driving under the influence of intoxicants, signs, road-side controls, vehicle workshops, periodic inspections of motor vehicles, small electric vehicles and electric bicycles. The section is also responsible for regulations and the development related to autonomous vehicles. Grant schemes for local traffic safety measures are administered by the

    Section manager: Deputy Director Lasse Lager

  • Urban Transport Section

    Urban environment and urban environment growth agreements, including state part-financing of large public transport projects (50/50 scheme). Toll road packages in towns and cities. Toll financed urban packages including large state highway projects. Reward schemes. Land use policy, public transport, environment and technology development which is relevant to towns and cities. Coordination of urban policy. Local air. Parking regulations. Administration of relevant regulations. International work relating to land use and transport planning in urban areas.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Ingun Hagesveen