Modernizing the International Driving Permit during FIA Region II International Documents Workshop
On May 24 and 25, FIA Region II representatives convened in Hong Kong to tackle issues regarding the Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD), including enhancements on the international driving permit that were proposed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to the United Nations in 2017.
Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) membership services executive assistant Melvin Pingal was among the 40 representatives that participated in the second International Documents Workshop.
Pingal reported on the objectives of the proposed UN Traffic Conventions amendments to:
1. eliminate discrepancies in existing legal instruments regulating international driving
2. increase the consistency of the Domestic Driving Permit format delivered by various jurisdictions of the contracting parties of the 1968 Road Traffic Convention
3. harmonize the IDP format to facilitate its recognition, control and enforcement measures
4. apply more rigorous security measures for the IDP’s document with immediate effect
5. facilitate the ease and safety of driving abroad
FIA Sustainability Programmes Manager Maria Striginova updated the delegates on the status of the ongoing negotiations with the United Nations Working Party 1. The next steps would be to create an informal working group and present results at the Global Forum for Road Safety.
The informal working group shall finalize the costs and benefits, prepare an overview of security features to be incorporated in the new IDP, hold consultations with the 1949 contracting parties and prepare a draft amendment proposal to be presented at the 77th session of the Global Forum for Road Safety.
At the Global Forum for Road Safety, options such as the one driving permit system, two driving permit system and stand-alone system will be analyzed with their respective costs and benefits. At the end of the forum, a driving permit system should be determined.
During the workshop, it was noted the amendment process of the IDP format may take at least two years and that FIA-member clubs can do their part by urging their respective governments to vote for the amendment of the 1968 UN Traffic Convention.
FIA Tourism Services Coordinator Bjorn Nordlund and Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates representative Dr. Sean O’Conor highlighted the following benefits of having a centralized system:
- security against fraud because of the QR code on the IDP and CPD
- direct secure link of the IDP and CPD product into the global system database
- centralized IDP and CPD inventory management
- global IDP tracking system
- real-time business intelligence reporting
- global support helpdesk
FIA Region II representatives, including Melvin Pingal of the AAP, at the second FIA Region II International Document Workshop in Hong Kong on May 24 and 25, 2018.