According to the Law number 55/2011 of 14/12/2011 governing roads in Rwanda; roads are defined into four categories namely:
§ National roads,
§ Districts and City of Kigali roads and that of other urban areas - Class I
§ Districts and City of Kigali roads and that of other urban areas -Class II
§ Specific roads.
The National roads are comprised of the international roads that link Rwanda with neighboring countries; the roads that link Districts or that link a District and the City of Kigali, roads that link areas of tourist significance and facilities of national or international importance such as ports and airports.
The Districts and City of Kigali roads and that of other urban areas – Class One are roads linking different Sectors? headquarters within the same District, or those roads that are used within the same Sector.
Districts and City of Kigali roads and that of other urban areas - Class 2 are the arterial roads that connect Districts roads to rural community centres that are inhabited as an agglomeration.
Specific roads are those specifically constructed to connect national roads or District roads to Kigali City and other urban areas to the centres for private sector’s activities such agricultural production, natural resources processing or to tourist sites.