|Drivers do not have to submit driving licence applications at transport agencies personally any more. They can send the application and also receive the Driving licence via mail. — Photo vietnamplus.vn|
HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Drivers can send applications for driving licences and receive the licences via post, instead of having to submit the applications personally as at present.
The transport ministry has approved a proposal of the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam, according to which the Việt Nam Post Corporation will facilitate submission of driving licence applications by drivers to transport agencies and also deliver driving licences to eligible drivers.
The move aims to speed up the issuance of driving license cards, made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), in Việt Nam. Drivers who have licences made of paper are encouraged to change to PET ones by the end of this year. The deadline for motorbike drivers with small engine capacity or owners of three-wheelers has been extended to 2020.
Six months after the deadline, those with paper licences must take a driving test again to get the PET driving licence.
Transport departments in cities and provinces have been asked to co-operate with local postal offices to provide the service relating to driving licences.
Phan Thị Thu Hiền, vice-head of the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam, said the service would help transport agencies to save money and staff in the issue of PET licences in localities.
Overcrowding at licence sections in local transport agencies would be curbed, she said.
Moreover, it would help drivers to get PET licences more conveniently.
Việt Nam Post has set up teams that will reach remote mountainous areas to collect driving licence applications and deliver licences to the applicants at their homes. — VNS