Issues concerning the compliance of the diplomatic missions with the road traffic rules in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 Issues concerning the compliance of the diplomatic missions with the road traffic rules in the Republic of Azerbaijan

a. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan calls on all the diplomatic missions in the Republic of Azerbaijan to comply with the traffic rules adopted in the country and to park their vehicles in special, respectively marked places allocated to them.

In case the officers of the Main Traffic Police Department of the Republic of Azerbaijan, video cameras and radars register the traffic rules or parking violations by the cars of the diplomatic missions or their employees, they will pay the fines for administrative offences in accordance with the law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On the Road Traffic rules”. The remission of fines procedures of the diplomatic missions’ staff with immunity and privileges are carried out only on the basis of reciprocity.

The remission of fines procedures do not apply to the staff of diplomatic missions, who do not possess immunity and privileges.

b. If there is enough evidence of drunk driving by the immunity and privileges possessing staff of the diplomatic missions in the Republic of Azerbaijan, they will be suspended from driving and offered to undergo a medical examination. The vehicle will be handed over to the authorized representative of the respective diplomatic mission upon the presentation of the accreditation card issued by the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

An authorized representative of the respective diplomatic mission is invited to participate in the documentation process of the traffic accident that occurred with involvement of the vehicle belonging to the diplomatic missions or their staff. The authorized representative of the diplomatic mission may only participate in the documentation process of the traffic accident upon the presentation of the accreditation card issued by the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

c. Operating conditions of all vehicles used in the traffic in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan should meet the requirements of the Road Traffic Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan from the road traffic security and the environmental protection point of view.

In order to ensure the road traffic security and in accordance with the Road Traffic Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan the Main Traffic Police Department of the Republic of Azerbaijan carries out annual inspection of the technical condition of all vehicles registered in the Republic of Azerbaijan. This rule refers, without exception, to all vehicles of diplomatic missions or their staff in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations the diplomatic missions or their employees do not pay for highway use tax during the technical inspection of their vehicles. The diplomatic missions should pay only for the tax determined by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the technical inspection of vehicles.

If during the technical inspection the vehicles belonging to diplomatic missions or their staff meet basic technical requirements they receive a respective technical inspection card and a sticker for those vehicles. The vehicles which do not meet technical requirements are not allowed to be used.

The vehicles registered in the year of their production are not technically inspected the same year.