(posted Feb. 6, 9:00 a.m.)- Travelers through Central America have long debated which country in the region has the worst drivers. To put an end to the debate, the venerable Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) has come up with a creative and equitable solution: a common driver’s license for all of Mesoamerica.
The so-called “Common Mesoamerica License”—the first common identification document to be produced by regional integration process—was approved yesterday during a regional meeting of Central American and Caribbean transit security officials. The initiative, which has already been approved on a political level in the Central American Integration System (SICA), now needs to pass a technical review to implement security measures.
According to a PARLACEN press release, the common driver’s license will contain a computer chip or barcode that will carry data that can be accessed by law enforcement in every country. To be eligible for the license, drivers will to pass a standardized written exam, a driving test and a medical exam.
SICA will also invite Mexico, Belize, Cuba and Panama to join the common license initiative.
The issue will be taken up again during the next meeting of SICA in the Dominican Republic in March. It’s not clear when the common driver’s licenses will start to get issued.