HC Deb 13 November 1984 vol 67 cc181-2W
Mr. Alan Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to extend the recognition of driving licences to further countries outside the European Community.

Mr. Michael Spicer

The Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Act 1983 gives the Secretary of State power to designate countries and territories where he is satisfied with the provisions for granting licences to drive. Their licences would then be exchangeable for British ordinary licences. The power does not extend to vocational licences.

As required by the Act, representative organisations are being invited to give their views on a second list of designations, which would come into effect on 2 February 1985. The countries concerned are Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Republic of Cyprus, Finland, Malta and Zimbabwe.

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