Bhutan not to ratify BBIN motor vehicle pact

Bhutan has announced that it would not be able to ratify the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal motor vehicles agreement for the time being and asked the other stakeholders to go ahead with the plan without it.

“While the other three countries have already ratified the agreement, the Royal Government of Bhutan is in the process of completing its internal procedures for ratification, to address the concerns raised by the domestic stakeholders,” a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterd¬†.
Recognising the importance of connectivity for expansion of economic cooperation, the Transport Ministers of the four countries signed the agreement for regulation of passenger, personal and cargo vehicular traffic on June 15, 2015.

Right from the time the BBIN MVA was tabled for ratification, the draft legislation faced opposition in Bhutan. There have been fears of vehicular pollution and environmental degradation if trucks from neighbouring countries are given access to Bhutan.  ..

Recognising the importance of connectivity for expansion of economic cooperation, the Transport Ministers of the four countries signed the agreement for regulation of passenger, personal and cargo vehicular traffic on June 15, 2015.

Right from the time the BBIN MVA was tabled for ratification, the draft legislation faced opposition in Bhutan. There have been fears of vehicular pollution and environmental degradation if trucks from neighbouring countries are given access to Bhutan.

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