63A. 1[ Inter- State Transport Commission.
The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute an Inter- State Transport Commission consisting of a Chairman and such other members, not being less than two, as it. thinks fit to appoint for the purpose of developing,
coordinating and regulating the operation of transport vehicles in respect of any area or route common to two or more States (hereinafter referred to as inter- State region) and performing such other functions as may be prescribed under section 63C.
The Commission shall perform throughout an inter- State region all or such of the following functions as it may be authorised to do by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette, namely:-
to prepare schemes for the development, co- ordination or regulation of the operation of transport vehicles and in particular of goods vehicles in an inter- State region;
to settle all disputes and decide all matters on which differences of opinion arise in connection with the develop- ment, co- ordination or regulation of the operation of transport vehicles in an inter- State region;
to issue directions to the State Transport Authorities or Regional Transport Authorities interested regarding the grant, revocation and suspension, of permits and of countersignatures of permits for the operation of transport vehicles in respect of any route or area common. to two or more States;
to grant, revoke or suspend any permit or countersign any permit for the operation of any transport vehicle in respect of such route or area common to two or more States as may be specified in this behalf by the Central Government;
to perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Central Government under section 63C.
1[ If any direction issued by the State Government under section 43 is repugnant to any direction made by the Commission under clause (c) of subsection (2), then, the direction of the Commission, whether issued before or after the direction issued by the State Government, shall prevail and the direction made by the State Government shall, to the extent of the repugnancy, be of no effect.]
For the purpose of assisting the Commission in the perform- ance of its functions in relation to any area or route common to two or more States, the Commission shall associate with itself for such purposes as may be determined by rules made under section 63C,
a representative of each of the Governments interested, who shall be chosen by the Government concerned; and a person so associated shall have the right to take part in the discussions relevant to that purpose, but shall not have a right to vote at a meeting of the Com- mission and shall not be a member of the Commission for any other purpose.
Where the Commission, in the exercise and discharge of its powers and functions under clause (c) of sub- section (2), issues directions to any State Transport Authority or Regional Transport Authority interested, the State Transport Authority or the Regional Transport Authority, as the case may be, shall give effect to, and be guided by, such directions.
Where, by a notification issued by the Central Government, the Commission is authorised to perform the functions specified in clause (d) of sub- section (2) in respect of any route or area common to two or more States, then, on the issue of such a notification,-
the Regional Transport Authorities or State Transport Authorities interested shall cease to exercise and discharge any powers and functions in respect of such route or area;
the powers and functions of the Regional Transport Authorities and State Transport Authorities interested in respect of such route or area shall be exercised and dis- charged by the Commission; and any permit granted or countersigned by the Commission for any such route or area shall be valid for that route or area, notwithstanding anything contained in this Chapter;
subject to any rules that may be made under section 63C, the provisions of this Chapter relating to the grant, revocation and suspension of permits and of countersignatures of permits by a State Transport Authority or Regional Transport Authority shall,, as far as may be, apply to the grant, revocation and suspension of permits and of countersignatures of permits by the Commission;
any permit granted in respect of any such route or area before the issue of the notification shall, notwithstanding such issue, continue to be effective for the period specified in the permit and shall be deemed to have been granted by the Commission under this section as if this
' section were in force on the day on which the permit was granted.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude the State Transport Authority or any Regional Transport Authority in a State from exercising and discharging its powers and functions in respect of any route or area in the inter- State region which lies wholly within that State.
For the purposes of this section, the expression" Governments interested"," State Transport Authorities interested" or" Regional Transport Authorities interested", in relation to the Commission, means the Governments of such States, such State Transport Authorities or such Regional Transport Authorities, as the case may be, as are likely to be interested in, or affected by the functioning of the Commission under this section.