The requirement to obtain Russian driver’s licenses to foreigners who are professionally engaged in transportation, will not apply to citizens of Kyrgyzstan. As informs Regnum, the amendments were adopted by the state Duma on Friday, July 14, in the third final reading.
The changes also apply to citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan, where Russian is the official language.
In early July, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that the recognition of the Kirghiz driver’s licenses in Russia will not result in increased number of accidents. “I am responsible for my words, because we studied in detail the system of training of drivers in Kyrgyzstan and present their professional level, as well as proficiency in the Russian language,” he said.
On June 1, in Russia came into force a ban on the use of foreign driving license to persons operating on the territory of the country in the field of transportation. It was noted that this provision is largely caused by a lack of knowledge of Russian language drivers-foreigners.