Department of Transportation standardizes process for issuing international driver’s licenses
The provision for the QR code to link the International Driving Permit (IDP) with the driving license has also been made.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a standard procedure for the issuance of an International Driving Permit across the country in accordance with the Convention on International Road Traffic 1949. In a notice issued on Monday, the Ministry said that the provision for the QR code to link the International Driving Permit (IDP) to the driver’s license was also created.
At present, the format, size, pattern and color of IDPs issued from state to state differs, resulting in many citizens facing difficulties with their respective IDPs in foreign countries. . The notification issued by the ministry read as follows: “Now, through this amendment, the format, size, color etc. of the IDP have been standardized for issuance across India, and in accordance with the Geneva Convention”.
India is a signatory to the Convention on International Road Traffic 1949 (Geneva Convention) and is bound to issue an IDP in accordance with this Convention, for acceptance thereof on a reciprocal basis with other countries .
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In accordance with the Ministry of Transport notification, a comparison of vehicle classes in various Central Motor Vehicle Conventions and Rules of 1989 has also been added to assist regulators. Helpline numbers and email addresses were also provided.
Last month, the ministry issued a notification indicating tire standards for passenger cars, trucks and buses, namely rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise emissions. These standards will come into force from October, says an official statement. “(The notification) imposes (these) requirements for tires falling within classes C1 (passenger cars), C2 (light truck) and C3 (truck and bus), as defined in automotive industry standard 142:2019” , the statement added.
According to the notification, all existing tire designs will have to meet the wet grip and rolling resistance standards from next April and the rolling noise reduction standard from next June. Tires shall meet wet grip requirements and Stage 2 limits for rolling resistance and rolling noise emissions as specified in the Automotive Industry Standard (AIS).
Date of first publication: August 29, 2022, 1:44 PM IST