The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has now standardized the procedure for issuing an International Driving Permit (IDP), as confirmed on Monday. According to the ministry, the document will now be issued as a booklet and will include a QR code with all driver data so that officials in the country visited can verify it.
India must issue IDP in accordance with the 1949 Geneva Convention on International Road Traffic for it to be recognized by other nations. The permit causes problems for residents with their respective IDP in other countries as it varies from state to state in India due to format, size, pattern, color etc.
The new standardized IDP will be issued by the relevant state authorities and will be applicable for one year after the date of issue.
USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Australia, Ireland, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and New Zealand are only some of the 102 countries where IDP is legal. According to ministry officials, any problem a person may face in getting checked by local authorities when traveling abroad should be solved by the universal format.
The IDP will not be valid in several countries, including China, Pakistan, Germany, and Nepal. These nations have not ratified the treaty.
According to the notification published on August 26, a comparison of vehicle classifications between several conventions and the Central Motor Vehicle Rules of 1989 has also been introduced. This is done to make it easier for regulators.
The MoRTH statement said that “Currently, the format, size, pattern, color, etc. of IDP issued differs from state to state in India. Due to this, many citizens encounter difficulties with their respective IDPs in foreign countries.Now, through this amendment of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, the format, size, color etc. for IDPs have been standardized for issuance across India, and accordance with the Geneva Convention. The ministry issued a notification on August 26 to bring the changes to effect for greater facilitation of citizens in the matter of International Driving Permit (IDP) across the country.”