The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has announced it has initiated an International Driving Licence Training Programme to bring the licences issued by the Ministry up to international standards. Holders of A-Zone permanent licences are eligible and can sign up for the programme through the ministry’s SIMS portal, the government body said.

With the Maldives signing on to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic in January of this year, countries that are party to the convention will now accept licences issued by the Maldives, the ministry said.

The convention covers a total of 99 countries, including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Convention on Road Traffic, commonly known as the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, is an international treaty designed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by establishing standard traffic rules among the signatory countries. The convention was agreed upon at the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Conference on Road Traffic and concluded in Vienna on 8 November 1968. It came into force on 21 May 1977.