The Norwegian government has made some changes to the driving license regulations, thus extending the period during which Ukrainian driving licenses are recognised in Norway up to three years.
According to a recent statement, the government also emphasised that all classes of driving licenses are recognised, not just passenger cars, as has been the case until now, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“We are now changing the regulations so that Ukrainian refugees will be able to drive in Norway for as long as the collective protection lasts. In addition, all driving license classes must be recognised, not just for passenger cars,” Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård pointed out in this regard.
Considering that it has now been almost a year since the start of the war in Ukraine, Norway has shown great support to the refugees and wants to give them predictability regarding their stay in Norway.
In April last year, the Norwegian authorities extended the period during which Ukrainian driving licenses are recognised from three months to one year.
According to Nygård, it has now been a year since many Ukrainian refugees settled in Norway, where many of them have driving licenses they can use in the country. Still, they will lose the right to drive unless the regulations are changed.
In addition, Ukrainian refugees also have driving licenses for trucks and buses and can be a resource in Norwegian society.
Moreover, the government stated that there would be no change regarding the requirement that refugees must have a valid physical driver’s license from their country in order to be approved for a driver’s license. Meanwhile, the change of driving rights is in accordance with the standard European rules for recognising Ukrainian driving licenses.
It mentioned that further possible changes would be considered, including the possibility of issuing a Norwegian driver’s license and a professional driver’s license.
In December 2022, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration announced that it intends to implement these proposed changes from February 1 of this year.
Last week Norway also revealed that the temporary collective protection scheme for people displaced from Ukraine would be extended for a year.
In this regard, the Minister of Justice and Emergency Preparedness, Emilie Enger Mehl, added that since the situation in Ukraine is still very uncertain, Norway will offer the Ukrainian people temporary collective protection in connection with their continued stay in the country.
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