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Cross-border “Latin American” drivers license could come soon

January 31st, 2013 ( A delegation of those in charge of traffic and road safety of various Central American and Caribbean countries met earlier this week, with the intention of creating a proposal that would be approved by their various governments, as well as define driver requirements, for a planned “American Drivers License” whose validity would span the region.


The Director of Costa Rica’s Road Safety Council (COSEVI), Silvia Bolaños, explained that the goal is to unify and make equal the criteria for driver training throughout the region and ensure that standards are similar to requirements that exist in Costa Rica.


Bolanos said that talks held on Tuesday, January 29th, would determine the agreements between the agencies involved, and how to define specific aspects of the pact, including accreditation requirements, license types, and the minimum driving age, amongst others.


Bolanos said there is sufficient political support to implement the new American license, after an agreement was initially signed in 2008.


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