2007-0826 - BKK Post - Transport ties likely to improve http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/26Aug2007_news09.php Transport ties likely to improve Less paperwork needed for crossings By Wallapa Treeprapakorn The cross-border transportation and distribution of goods between Laos, Vietnam and Thailand is expected to improve following the recent signing of the East-West Corridor pact. Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um said the second Thai-Lao bridge linking Mukdahan and Savannakhet, part of the so-called East-West Corridor linking Burma-Thailand-Laos-Vietnam, will become a major transportation route in the Mekong region given that an increasing number of people are visiting the province from neighbouring countries. His comment followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding among the three countries in Savannakhet province. The East-West Corridor stretches for nearly 1,500 kilometres across Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. It is the only land route that traverses mainland Southeast Asia on an east-west axis. Mr Sansern said motorists who travel on this land link would be issued a special driving licence from the three countries. Traffic flow would also improve as motorists at present need to produce special documents for cross-border travel at border checkpoints. The process inconveniences motorists and causes traffic congestion. Comment: I wonder what the procedure will be & how long it will take to get the “joint” driving licence for the 3 countries. I also wonder if they will issue them for "driving" motorcycles, or are they excluded from the agreement?