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Taiwan, Wyoming ink reciprocal driver's license accord

2017/10/12 22:47:07

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Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Taiwan and the U.S. state of Wyoming have signed a reciprocal agreement that allows their licensed drivers to obtain a driver's license in each other's territory without having to take written and road tests, according to a press release issued on Thursday by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

The agreement, which took effect immediately, was signed by Chen Wen-ruey (陳文瑞), director general of the MOTC's Department of Railways and Highways, and William T. Panos, director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, at a ceremony held in Taipei Wednesday.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, who arrived in Taiwan Oct. 9 for a 7-day visit, and MOTC Deputy Minister Chi Wen-jong (祁文中) were also present at the ceremony to witness the signing of the agreement.

With the signing of the accord, Wyoming became the 25th U.S. state to have entered into such an agreement with Taiwan.

Under the agreement, Taiwanese nationals living in Wyoming and holding a valid Taiwan driver's license will be exempt from written and road tests when applying for a Class C license, or a regular driver license, in the U.S. state.

Similarly, it said, Wyoming residents with legal permission to reside in Taiwan will be entitled to reciprocal treatment.

As of Thursday, Taiwan has signed reciprocal driver's license agreements with 92 countries and territories around the world, including 25 U.S. states, the MOTC said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Romulo Huang)