Maldives to join Vienna Convention on Road Traffic

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives –  The Maldives has decided to join the Vienna Convention of Road Traffic, stating that due to this convention, the Maldivian license could be used in other member countries.

Minister Nahula stated this during a meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee, discussing Maldives joining the 968 the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic and the the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.

The Minister added that, the decision to join these treaties was made to solve issues faced when driving for Maldivians in neighbouring countries , especially students. She noted that a country with a large number of Maldivian students – Malaysia, is also a member country.

While Maldives plans to sign the treaty, Ministers and the President have supported making a reservation in the treaty terms which allow for vehicles in other countries to be brought into the country and driven. Accepting this term will cause excessive congestion in Malé roads according to the Minister.

The Minister explained that, the main reason behind joining this treaty is to ensure and improve road traffic safety, and to establish the same standards in traffic signs and other policies when land vehicles move between countries.