President seeks cabinet consideration to join two conventions

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohame Solih speaks to press on July 5, 2020 | Photo: SunMv

Male’, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has seeked parliamentary consideration to join the ‘Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968‘ and the ‘Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.’

The Cabinet on Tuesday’s virtual meeting, deliberated on the paper on the matter proposed by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.

The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 replaces previous road traffic conventions, with signatory countries recognising and accepting cross border driving licenses and the legality of vehicles from other signatory countries without re-registration, subject to a standard requirement. The Maldives, however, proposes to join the convention with a reservation on recognising the latter.

The Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals is a multilateral treaty seeking to promote road safety through the standardisation of road signs, traffic signals and road markings. As a party to the convention, the Maldives would standardise road signs, traffic signals and road markings used across the country as per the convention.

While the ministers at the meeting were positive on joining the two conventions, they stressed on the point which allows vehicles to be used in other countries without a registry under the the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968.