The Dutch government has assigned four important tasks to RDW:
The licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts on the Dutch and European market.
Supervision and control:
Supervising companies accredited by RDW and monitoring the technical condition of vehicles.
Registration and information provision:
Gathering, storing, updating and managing data concerning vehicles, their owners and vehicle documentation and providing information about this data to interested parties.
Issuing documents that are required for vehicles or owners, including vehicle registration certificates, driving licences and the PTI (Periodic [motor vehicle] Technical Inspection) forms.
RDW serves the public interest. As an implementing body resorting under the responsibility of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RDW contributes to the realisation of policy objectives in the area of mobility, traffic safety and the environment. With the information from its records and its knowledge of vehicle technology, ICT and international regulations, RDW responds to a wide social need. This applies nationwide. In addition to cooperating with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, RDW cooperates intensively with partners in the tax, enforcement, safety and driving licence chain. This expansion is also occurring globally. European and global regulations and cooperation in the area of mobility and data exchange between sovereign states is increasing. The activities of RDW in this area support these developments.
The mission is the motor of RDW's strategy. Together with its statutory tasks, assigned tasks and the developments in society, the mission substantiates the RDW strategy. The Strategic Plan lays down the strategic objectives of the organisation.. This plan is regularly re-evaluated.
RDW is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) that is funded by fees. It performs its tasks on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. To effectively bear ministerial responsibility for the organisation, the minister supervises how the RDW functions. The RDW Management has two members: Mr A. van Ravestein and Mr Z. Baelde. In addition, the Supervisory Board supervises the activities of the Management and provides advice.
RDW in international context
As the Dutch type-approval authority, RDW tests and inspects new vehicles and parts thereof. Its clients are manufacturers and importers from all over the world. RDW also makes knowledge available through consultation and support projects in other countries in the area of traffic safety. In addition, RDW closely cooperates with sister organisations in the area of European regulations.
Dutch legislation is based on European directives. These are increasingly related to agreements that are made in the context of ECE and EU. RDW participates in various consultation structures in which the international regulations are prepared.