This is with reference to the letter ‘Check prior to travel if Brunei’s driving licence recognised in host country’ by Acting Director Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon at the Land Transport Department (JPD), Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, published in the Opinion Page of the Borneo Bulletin on September 11.
I would like to thank JPD for responding on the issue of Brunei Darussalam’s International Driving Permit (BIDP) not recognised in Japan despite being listed as one of the countries in the BIDP.
I appreciate the on-going effort and hard work of the department, agencies and ministries in resolving the issue.
Two years have passed since the issue was raised and it would be much appreciated if JPD could share with the public, especially those who are concerned about the current status of solving the issue.
I believe I am not the only person who is concerned about our BIDP.
Generally, how many months or years would it take to rectify such issues and so far what is the achievement?
Is it at Stage 4 out of 5 or 80 per cent completed?
What is the tentative date in fully rectifying this issue?
Based on the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s website, driving licence holders from six ASEAN member countries are able to drive in Japan with their IDP, namely Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Unfortunately, we are not in it.
It is good advice from the JPD for the public to check on the requirement of the host country prior to their travel. However, for those who place trust on the contents of the BIDP and do not check with the host countries may risk facing prosecution for violating the local traffic regulations if they drive in the countries that do not recognise it.
I stopped applying for the BIDP since 2017 when I realised Japan did not recognise it.
I also have doubt on the other countries stated in the BIDP.
Are the countries listed in the current BIDP up-to-date and accurate?
This is crucial because some Bruneians may drive their local friends’ motor vehicles with their driving licence and BIDP. They would risk facing legal actions.
It was also mentioned that “Brunei Darussalam’s driving licence is recognised and can be used to drive in some countries for a certain period without having to apply for an IDP”.
It would be most welcome if it is shared with the public what the countries are and for how long, to create awareness.
The department should consider listing down these countries and indicate the period on its website.
The department should also consider listing down all the countries that recognise the BIDP on its website so that the public are aware and could determine whether to apply for one or not.
I look forward to the answers and hope for follow ups on the issue.
Thank you again for the efforts in making our BIDP more internationally accepted.