Govt to renew int’l driving licences

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    New Delhi (NVI): Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre said it will initiate steps to facilitate renewal of International Driving Licence for citizens whose licence has expired while they are abroad.

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification seeking comments and suggestions for amendment to Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 for facilitating the issuance of International Driving Permit (IDP) for these citizens.

    “It has come to notice that in certain cases for the Citizens who are travelling abroad and in a foreign country, the International Driving Permit gets expired and there is no mechanism for its renewal while abroad,” MoRTH said in a statement.

    The citizens can apply through the Indian Embassy / Mission Abroad portals and the applications would then move to the VAHAN for being considered by the respective RTOs, the statement added.

    Furthermore, the proposal also includes the removal of the conditions of a Medical Certificate and a Valid Visa at the time of making the request for the IDP in the country as the citizen who has valid driving licence there should not be a requirement for another medical certificate.

    -CHK