Macau | Gov't authorises mutual driving licence recognition agreement with Mainland China

The Macau SAR Gov't authorised the establishment of an agreement for the mutual recognition of driving licenses from the MSAR and Mainland China

Macau (MNA) – The Macau SAR Government revealed this Monday that it is moving forward with an agreement settled with Chinese authorities for the mutual recognition of driving licenses.

According to a dispatch published in the Official Gazette today, the MSAR Chief Executive authorised the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo Arrais do Rosário, to sign the agreement with Chinese authorities, which will allow Chinese drivers to drive in the city.

On October 2017, the Director of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), Kelvin Lam Hin Sang, revealed that the mutual driving licenses’ policy was being considered as part of the growing integration strategy of cities in the Greater Bay Area.

The DSAT Director disclosed at the time that there were some 3,000 local residents who had took exams to obtain a Mainland driving licence as of the first half of 2017, while the the number of Mainland drivers obtaining a driving licence in the MSAR was said to be declining.

Rosário has assured afterwards that the policy wouldn’t lead to increased traffic in the city since Chinese drivers would still only be allowed to drive vehicles with license plates authorised in the MSAR.

As of February 2018, some 362,206 crossings were registered for cross border vehicles, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) stated.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]