Convention on Road Traffic

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Vienna, Austria
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 21/05/1977


Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Road transport



What is it about?

The 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), provides for uniform traffic rules for vehicles registered within a State Party that circulate within the territory of another State Party. Its provisions provide for general rules concerning road signs and signals, highway regulations, speed and distance between vehicles, national and international drivers licences, the safety of pedestrians and different actions like passing, slowing down or changing of direction. State Parties are held to take appropriate measures to agree their traffic rules with the provisions of the present Convention.

Why is it relevant?

The 1968 Convention facilitates international road traffic and increases safety through the adoption of uniform traffic rules.

Additional Information

All States may become a Member State to the present Convention.


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