The criteria related to the business reputation, financial condition and professional competence of the operator of international passenger and freight transport by road, and the requirements on the level of training of the operator’s drivers are set out by the rules. The maintaining record of operators by the Land Transport Agency of Azerbaijan under the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport is also regulated by them.
The rules set out that legal entities or individuals wishing to be registered as an operator must be registered for tax purposes, have vehicles registered with the state on the right of ownership, use or lease, and meet certain criteria related to business reputation, financial standing and professional competence.
The new rules will increase the competitiveness of national road carriers by improving drivers’ knowledge and skills and management development, leading to an increase in their share of the bilateral and third country transport market, as well as their share of the West–East and North–South international transport corridors.
The application of the requirements of the Quality Charter of International Transport Forum (ITF) (the leading regulatory mechanism in the field of road transport) is one of the objectives of introducing the rules for admission of Azerbaijani road carriers to international passenger and freight transport by road. Relevant requirements for the institution, business reputation, financial stability and professional competence are set out and entities that meet these requirements to transport are admitted by the Quality Charter. This makes organization of road transport operations efficient, the development of the industry sustainable and investment attractiveness increased.
The process of entering into force of the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on the “Rules for admission to international passenger and freight transport by road” will take one year after its publication. Appropriate preparations to maintain records of operators will be made by the Land Transport Agency of Azerbaijan during the year. The service Guide for Carriers will organize meetings with carriers and will provide them with necessary explanations and methodological support.