The Institute of Road Transport was established in 1976 under the Control of Government of Tamil Nadu and has been registered as a society under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860. The prime objective of IRT is to conduct research studies on the various issues relating to Road Transport sector with a view to improve the performance of bus transportation by updating and adopting the latest developments that are taking place around the world.
The aim of the Institute is to disseminate knowledge on various aspects of technology developments and transport management to the officers and supervisory staff of State Transport Undertakings in Tamilnadu by organizing training courses, seminars, workshops and circulation of journals.
The primary object of the institute is the instruction and dissemination of useful knowledge for the development of road transport. Its subsidiary objects are to promote and provide for the technology oriented education pertaining to road transport, to conduct operational and scientific research related to road transport and to impart training and education to all categories of staff and officers of STUs.
Institute was set up mainly to cater to the needs of STUs in Tamil Nadu, all the State Transport Undertakings of Tamilnadu are its members, besides it has one Institutional member and an ordinary member. The institute is managed by a Governing Council and the Secretary to Government, Transport Department, Government of Tamilnadu is the Chairman of the Governing Council. The Director of the Institute is the member Secretary of the Council.