PM announces drivers’ license renewal extension

POSTED: 11/9/12 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – A new period for Dutch driver’s license holders who are residing on the French side to renew their license was announced on Wednesday.  This period will be up to March 2013 while the Ministry of General Affairs under whose responsibility the Census Office falls and the Ministry of Justice will continue working on a proposal to amend the traffic ordinance. The extension was based on a request by the Collectivité of St. Martin made to the government. It will be formalized in an agreement that is to be signed on Sunday during the St. Maarten’s Day 2012 celebrations.

“Many people have been caught in the middle of not having their driving license renewed on the Dutch side and thus not being able to get them exchanged or renewed on the French side. So we will again allow such a period of time for Dutch driver’s license holders allowing their French side residents with license to renew it and enter whatever process has been established on the French side,” the prime minister said during Wednesday’s weekly Council of Ministers press briefing.

“From what I have understood it is an either an exchange and in some cases an acceptance.  I believe in the case of heavy equipment licenses that then those will be accepted by the French authorities for a specific period of time,” the prime minister added.

More technical discussions and cooperation as well as a work program for the year 2014 between the two sides of the island will also be drafted.

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