Bilateral deal with Italy:
Mutual recognition of driving licenses
The government is planning to enter into an agreement with Italy to
recognise the Sri Lankan driving licence in Italy to facilitate Sri
Lankans numbering 75,000 to obtain employment opportunities in Italy.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday that the Cabinet approved
to enter into a bilateral agreement with Italy for the mutual
recognition of driving licences on a proposal made by Transport Minister
Kumara Welgama. Minister Rambukwella made this observation at a press
briefing at the Information Department yesterday.
The proposed agreement will facilitate Sri Lankans to obtain a valid
licence to drive in Italy without having to undergo the normal Italian
theoretical and practical tests. There are about 75,000 Sri Lankans
living in Italy employed in various fields and the nature of some of
their work, needs to drive vehicles. This would further facilitate for
Sri Lankans to obtain employment opportunities in Italy.