The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the “Rules for admission to international passenger and freight transport by road”.
The rules set 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. The rules also regulate the maintaining record of operators by the Land Transport Agency of Azerbaijan under the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport.
According to the rules, 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 introduction of the new rules will enhance 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.
One of the objectives of introducing the rules for admission of Azerbaijani road carriers to international passenger and freight transport by road is the application of the requirements of the Quality Charter of International Transport Forum (ITF), which is the leading regulatory mechanism in the field of road transport. The Quality Charter sets out relevant requirements for the institution, business reputation, financial stability and professional competence and admits entities that meet these requirements to transport. This, in turn, contributes to the efficient organization of road transport operations, the sustainable development of the industry and increased investment attractiveness.
The resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on the “Rules for admission to international passenger and freight transport by road” will enter into force one year after its publication. During the year the Land Transport Agency of Azerbaijan will make appropriate preparations to maintain records of operators. Thus, under the service Guide for Carriers, meetings will be organized with carriers and they will be provided with necessary explanations and methodological support.