Maldives Transport Authority has expressed their interest in transforming the driver’s license being issued in Maldives to an international one.
During a talk-show by VTV, the State Minister of Transport Ahmed Adil regretfully informed that in his view, the driver’s license issues in Maldives is not one that fits international standards. He went on to add that a lot of licenses were approved during the ‘Ehlaki’ program conducted by the previous government, due to which it is hard for him to call the license 'internationally standardized'.
“If it’s international, a standard must be maintained. The rules must be followed", said minister Adil.
Adil went on to mention that the transport ministry has been receiving the requests of several Maldivians living in Malaysia to standardize the license after the Transport Ministry of Malaysia declared that they will no longer be accepting foreign driver’s license as a validation to drive in the country. He added that despite his best efforts, such matters cannot be settled in a day and that he is working his best to resolve the issue.
According to the Malaysian law, drivers with a foreign license will no longer be allowed to drive in the country legally, due to which the use of a Maldivian driver’s license has now been prohibited.
The news was doubly confirmed in a statement released by the Maldivian Embassy in Malaysia. According to the statement, such measures are being taken to strengthen the laws in regard to international drivers.