Model Bilateral Agreement on International Road Transport

Model Bilateral Agreement on International Road Transport

 
Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Type: 
Manuals, guidelines, training materials
Abstract

The Model Bilateral Agreement on International Road Transport has been elaborated based on comparative studies of existing bilateral agreements concluded between the countries of Asia and the Pacific region.

The Model proposes ways to harmonize the provisions of existing bilateral agreements which ESCAP member States could follow in the future while negotiating new bilateral agreements or amending the existing ones.

There are different approaches to arranging international road transport operations, that make it hardly possible to propose a uniform model bilateral agreement which all the countries of the region would be prepared to follow in respect of traffic rights within a short-term perspective. Therefore, the Model Bilateral Agreement on International Road Transport has three options.

The first option of the Model provides for permits being required for most types of transport operations. It is addressed to countries which are not yet prepared to grant general access to their territories for international road transport operations and still prefer to limit the scope of such operations to designated routes and border crossings.

The second option of the Model provides for permits with quantitative restrictions (quotas) in respect of most types of international transport operations but has no reference to designated routes and border crossings. This approach is common in the region.

The third option of the Model provides for a permit-free legal regime for occasional transport of passengers and for bilateral and transit transport of goods. The permits are required only for regular transport of passengers and for third-country transport of goods. Several countries in the region currently follow a similar approach in their bilateral agreements on international road transport.

The wording of other provisions of the Model is kept uniform in all the three options, to provide the countries with a reference guide that could be followed during negotiations of new bilateral agreements.

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