U.N. Road Convention

LIST OF COUNTRIES PARTY TO THE U.N. ROAD CONVENTION

Afghanistan Albania Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Bulgaria Burma Byeloressian Soviet Socialist Republic Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Czechoslovakia Excluding in accordance with article 2, paragraph 1, of this Convention, annex 2 from the application of the Convention.
V. OUTRATA December 28th, 1949.
Denmark K. BANG A. BLOM-ANDERSEN Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention, excluding annex 1 from its application of the Convention.
Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt A.K. SAFWAT
El Salvador Ethiopia Finland France
LUCIEN HUBERT With reference to annex 6, section IV, paragraph (b), the French Government states that it will only permit that one trailer be drawn by a vehicle and that it will not permit an articulated vehicle to draw a trailer.
Greece Guatemala Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India N. RAGHAVAN PILLAI
Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention excluding annexes 1 and 2 from its application of the Convention.
Iran Iraq Ireland Israel M. KAHANY M. LUBARSKY Italy M. ENRICO MELLINI Lebanon Subject to ratification.
J. MIKAOUI Liberia Luxembourg Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway AXEL RONNING Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention, excluding annex 1 from its application of the Convention.
Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines RODOLFO MASLOG Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention, excluding annex 1 from its application of the Convention.
Poland Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Sweden GOSTA HALL Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention, excluding annex 1 from it application of the Convention.
Switzerland HENRICH ROTHMUND ROBERT PLUMEZ PAUL GOTTRET Syria Thailand Transjordan Turkey Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Union of South Africa H. BRUNE Subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 o article 2 of this Convention, excluding annexes 1 and 2 from its application of the Convention.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland C.A. BIRTCHNELL Subject to the reservation in respect of article 26 contained in paragraph 7 (d) of the Final Act of the Conference on Road and Motor Transport and subject to a declaration made in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 2 of this Convention, excluding annexes 1 and 2 from its application of the Convention.
United States of America HENRY H. KELLY HERBERT S. FAIRBANK Uruguay Venezuela Yemen Yugoslavia LJUB, KOMNENVIC Annex 1 ADDITIONAL PROVISION CONCERNING DEFINITIONS OF MOTOR VEHICLE AND CYCLE Cycles fitted with an auxiliary internal combustion engine having a maximum cylinder capacity of 50 cm3 (3.05 cu. in.) shall not be considered as motor vehicles, provided that they retain all the normal characteristics of cycles with respect to their structure.

Annex 2 PRIORITY OF PASSAGE
1. When any two vehicles are simultaneously approaching a road intersection by roads of which one does not enjoy priority over the other, the vehicle approaching from the left in countries where the direction of traffic is on the right, and from the right in countries where the direction of traffic is on the left, shall yield the right of way to the other vehicle.
2. The right of priority shall not necessarily apply in the case of transcars and trains on roads.

Annex 3 REGISTRATION NUMBER OF VEHICLES IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
1. The registration number of a vehicle shall consist either of figures or of figures and letters. The figures shall be in Arabic numerals as used in United Nations documents and the letters in Latin characters. When other numerals or characters are used, they shall be repeated in the numerals or characters of the types mentioned above.
2. The number shall be legible in normal daylight at a distance of 20 m (65 feet).
3. When the registration number is displayed on a special plate, this plate shall be fixed in a vertical or nearly vertical position and in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle itself. When the number is fixed to or painted on the vehicle itself, this shall be done on a vertical or nearly vertical surface at the back of the vehicle.
4. The rear registration number shall be illuminated as prescribed in annex 6.

Annex 4 DISTINGUISHING SIGN OF VEHICLES IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
1. The distinguishing sign shall be composed of one to three letters in capital Latin characters. The letters shall have a minimum height of 80 mm (3.1 in.) and in their strokes a width of 10 mm (0.4 in.). The letters shall be painted in black on a white ground of elliptical form with the major axis horizontal. 2. If the distinguishing sign is composed of three letters, the dimensions of the ellipse shall be at least 240 mm (9.4 in.) in width and 145 mm (5.7 in.) in height. The dimensions may be reduced to 175 mm (6.9 in.) in width and 115 mm (4.5 in.) in height if the sign carries less than three letters. As regards the distinguishing signs for motorcycles, the dimensions of the ellipse, whether the sign is composed of one, two or three letters, may be reduced to 175 mm (6.9 in.) in width and 115 mm (4.5 in.) in height. 3. The distinctive letters for the different states and territories are as follows:

Australia …………………………………… AUS
Austria ……………………………………….A
Belgium ………………………………………B
Belgian Congo ……………………………..CB
Bulgaria ……………………………………….BG
Chile ……………………………………………RCH
Czechoslovakia ………………………………CS
Denmark ……………………………………….DK
France …………………………………………..F
Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, French India …F
Saar ………………………………………………SA
India ………………………………………………IND
Iran ………………………………………………..IR
Israel ……………………………………………….IL
Italy …………………………………………………I
Lebanon …………………………………………..RL
Luxembourg ………………………………………L
Netherlands ……………………………………….NL
Norway …………………………………………….N
Philippines ………………………………………….PI
Poland ……………………………………………….PL
Sweden ………………………………………………S
Switzerland …………………………………………CH
Turkey ……………………………………………….TR
Union of South Africa ……………………………ZA
United Kingdom ………………………………………………..GB
Alderney …………………………………………………………..GBA
Guernsey…………………………………………………………..GBG
Jersey ………………………………………………………………GBJ
Aden ………………………………………………………………..ADN
Bahamas …………………………………………………………..BS
Basutoland ………………………………………………………..BL
Bechuanaland ……………………………………………………BP
British Honduras ……………………………………………….BH
Cyprus ………………………………………………………………CY
Gambia ……………………………………………………………..WAG
Gibraltar ……………………………………………………………GBZ
Gold Coast …………………………………………………………WAC
Hong Kong …………………………………………………………HK
Jamaica ……………………………………………………………..JA
Johore ……………………………………………………………….JO
Kedah ………………………………………………………………..KD
Kelantan …………………………………………………………….KL
Kenya …………………………………………………………………EAK
Labuan ……………………………………………………………….SS
Malacca ………………………………………………………………SS
Malaya (Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor) .. FM
Malta ………………………………………………………..GBY
Mauritius ……………………………………………………MS
Nigeria ……………………………………………………….WAN
Northern Rhodesia ……………………………………….NR
Nyasaland …………………………………………………..NP
Penang ………………………………………………………..SS
Perlis …………………………………………………………..PS
Province Wellesley ……………………………………………SS
Seychelles ……………………………………………………….SY
Sierra Leone …………………………………………………….WAL
Somaliland ………………………………………………………..SP
Southern Rhodesia ……………………………………………..SR
Swaziland ………………………………………………………….SD
Tanganyika ………………………………………………………..EAT
Trengganu …………………………………………………………TU
Trinidad ……………………………………………………………TD
Uganda …………………………………………………………….EAU
Windward Islands Grenada …………………………………..WG
St. Lucia ………………………………………………………….WL
St. Vincent ………………………………………………………WV
Zanzibar …………………………………………………………..EAZ
United States of America …………………………………….USA
Yugoslavia ………………………………………………………..YU

Any State which has not done so shall on signature or ratification of, or accession to, this Convention, notify the Secretary-General of the distinctive letters selected by that State.
4. When the distinguishing sign is carried on a special plate this plate shall be fixed in a vertical or nearly vertical position and in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle itself. When the sign is fixed to or painted on the vehicle itself, this shall be done on a vertical or nearly vertical surface at the back of the vehicle.

Annex 5 IDENTIFICATION MARKS OR VEHICLES IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
1. The identification marks shall comprise: (a) In the case of a motor vehicle; (i) The name or the trade mark of the maker of the vehicle, (ii) On the chassis or, in the absence of a chassis, on the body, the maker’s identification or serial number, (iii) On the engine, the maker’s engine number if such a number is placed thereon by the maker, (b) In the case of a trailer, either the information referred to in (i) and (ii) above or an identification mark issued for the trailer by the competent authority.
2. The marks mentioned above shall be placed in accessible positions and shall be in a form easily eligible and not capable of being easily removed or altered.

Annex 6 TECHNICAL CONDITIONS CONCERNING THE EQUIPMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAILERS IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC I. BRAKING (a) Braking of motor vehicles other than motor cycles with or without side-cars Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with brakes capable of controlling the movement of and of stopping the vehicle in an efficient, safe and rapid way under any conditions of loading on any up or down gradient on which the vehicle is operated. The braking shall be operated by means of two devices so constructed that, in the even of failure of one of the braking devices, the other shall be capable of stopping the vehicle within a reasonable distance. For the purpose of this annex, one of these braking devices will be called the “service brake” and the other one the “parking brake”. The parking brake shall be capable of being secured, even in the absence of the driver, by direct mechanical action. Either means of operation shall be capable of applying braking force to wheels symmetrically placed on each side of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. The braking surfaces shall always be connected with the wheels of the vehicle in such a way that it is not possible to disconnect them otherwise than momentarily by means of a clutch, gear box or free wheel. One at least of the braking devices shall be capable of acting on braking surfaces directly attached to the wheels of the vehicle or attached through parts not liable to failure. (b) Braking of trailers Every trailer having a permissible maximum weight exceeding 75 kg (1,650 lbs.) shall be equipped with at least one braking device acting on wheels placed symmetrically on each side of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and acting on at least half the number of wheels. The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall be required, however, in respect of trailers if the permissible maximum weight does not exceed 750 kg (1,650 lbs.) but exceeds one-half of the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle. The braking device of trailers with a permissible maximum weight exceeding 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs.) shall be capable of being operated by applying the service brake from the drawing vehicle. When the permissible maximum weight of the trailer does not exceed 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs.) its braking device may be brought into action merely by the trailer moving upon the drawing vehicle (overrun braking). The braking device of the trailer shall be capable of preventing the rotation of the wheels when the trailer is uncoupled. Any trailer equipped with a brake shall be filled with a device capable of automatically stopping the trailer if it becomes detached whilst in motion. This provision shall not apply to two-wheeled camping trailers or light luggage trailers whose weight exceeds 750 kg (1,650 lbs.) provided that they are equipped in addition to the main attachment with a secondary attachment which may be a chain or a wire rope. (c) Braking of articulated vehicles and combinations of motor vehicles and trailers
(i) Articulated vehicles The provision of paragraph (a) of this part shall apply to every articulated vehicle. A semi-trailer having a permissible maximum weight exceeding 750 kg (1,650 lbs.) shall be equipped with at least one breaking device capable of being operated by applying the service brake from the drawing vehicle. The braking device of the semi-trailer shall, in addition, be capable of preventing the rotation of the wheels when the semi-trailer is uncoupled. When required by domestic regulations a semi-trailer equipped with a brake shall be fitted with a device capable of stopping automatically the semi-trailer if it becomes detached whilst in motion.
(ii) Combination of motor vehicles and trailers Every combination of a motor vehicle and one or more trailers shall be equipped with brakes capable of controlling the movement of and of stopping the combination in an efficient, safe and rapid way under any conditions of loading on any up or down gradient on which it is operated. (d) Braking of motor cycles with or without sidecars Every motor cycle shall be equipped with two braking devices which may be operated by hand or foot, capable of controlling the movement of and of stopping the motor cycle in an efficient, safe and rapid way.
II. LIGHTING (a) Every motor vehicle other than a motor cycle with or without sidecar and capable of exceeding 20 km (12 miles) per hour on the level shall be equipped with at least two white or yellow driving lights, fitted in front, capable of adequately illuminating the road for a distance of 100 m (325 feet) in front of the vehicle at night time in clear weather. (b) Every motor vehicle other than a motor cycle with or without sidecar and capable of exceeding 20 km (12 miles) per hour on the level shall be equipped with two white or yellow passing lights fitted at the front of the vehicle and capable when necessary of adequately illuminating the road at night in clear weather in front of the vehicle for a distance of 30 m (100 feet) without causing glare or dazzle to other road users whatever the direction of the traffic may be. Passing lights shall be used instead of driving lights in all cases when the use of lights causing no dazzle or glare is necessary or compulsory. (c) Every motor cycle with or without sidecar shall have at least one driving light and one passing light conforming to the provisions of (a) and (b) of this part. However, motor cycles with an engine of a maximum cylinder capacity of 50 cm3 (3.05 cu. in.) may be excluded from this obligation. (d) Every motor vehicle other than a motor cycle without sidecar shall be equipped with two white position (side) lights at the front. These lights shall be clearly visible at night time in clear weather at a distance of 150 m (500 feet) from the front of the vehicle without causing any glare or dazzle to other road users. The part of the illuminating surface of these lights furthest from the longitudinal axis of the vehicle shall be as near as possible to and in no case further than 400 mm (16 in.) from the extreme outer edges of the vehicle. Position (side) lights shall be shown at night time in all cases when the use of such lights is compulsory and at the same time as the passing lights if no part of the illuminating surface of the lamps of the passing lights is within 400 mm (16 in.) of the extreme outer edges of the vehicle. (e) Every motor vehicle and every trailer at the end of a combination of vehicles shall be equipped at the rear with at least one red light visible at night time in clear weather at a distance of 150 m (500 feet) from the rear of the vehicle. (f) The registration number displayed at the rear of a motor vehicle or a trailer shall be capable of illumination at night time in such a manner that it can be read in clear weather at a distance of 20 m (65 feet) from the rear. (g) The red rear light or lights and the light for the rear registration number shall be shown at the same time as any of the following: position (side) lights, passing lights or driving lights. (h) Every motor vehicle other than a motor cycle without sidecar shall be equipped with two red reflex reflectors preferably of other than triangular form, fitted symmetrically at the rear and on opposite sides of the vehicle. The outer edges of each of these reflectors must be as near as possible to and in no case further than 400 mm (16 in.) from the outer edges of the vehicle. These reflectors may be incorporated in the rear red lamps if these lamps comply with the above requirements. These reflectors shall be visible at night time in clear weather from a distance of at least 100 m (325 feet) when illuminated by means of two driving lights. (i) Every motor cycle without sidecar shall be equipped with a red reflex reflector preferably of other than triangular form, fitted at the rear of the vehicle, either incorporated in, or separate from, the rear red lamp and shall comply with the conditions of visibility mentioned under paragraph (h) of this part. (j) Every trailer and every articulated vehicle shall be equipped with two red reflect reflectors, preferably triangular in shape, fitted symmetrically at the rear and on opposite sides of the vehicle. These reflectors shall be visible at night time in clear weather from a distance of at least 100 m (325 feet) when illuminated by means of two driving lights. When the reflectors are triangular in shape, the triangle shall be equilateral, with sides of at least 150 mm (6 in.) and shall be upright in position. The outer corner of each of these reflectors shall be as near as possible to and in no case further than 400 mm (16 in.) from the extreme outer edges of the vehicle. (k) With the exception of motor cycles, every motor vehicle and every trailer at the end of a combination of vehicles shall be equipped with at least one stop light at the rear showing a red or amber light. This light shall be actuated upon application of the service brake of the motor vehicle. If the stop light is red in color and i either incorporated in, or associated with, the rear red light, its intensity shall be greater than that of the rear red light. The stop light shall not be required on trailers and semi-trailers when their dimensions are such that the stop light of the drawing vehicle remains visible from the rear.
(l) When a motor vehicle is equipped with direction indicators, such indicators shall be one of the following: (i) A moveable arm protruding beyond each side of the vehicle and illuminated by a steady amber light when the arm is in the horizontal position; (ii) A constantly blinking or flashing amber light affixed to each side of the vehicle; (iii) A constantly blinking or flashing light placed at each side of the front and rear of the vehicle. The color of such lights shall be white or orange towards the front and red or orange towards the rear. (m) No lights, with the exception of direction indicators, shall be flashing or blinking lights. (n) If a vehicle is equipped with several lights of the same kind, they shall be of the same color and, except in the case of motor cycles with sidecars, two of these lights shall be placed symmetrically to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle. (o) Several lights may be incorporated in the same lighting device provided each of these lights complies with the appropriate provisions of this part.

III. OTHER CONDITIONS (a) Steering apparatus Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a strong steering apparatus which will allow the vehicle to be turned easily, quickly and with certainty. (b) Driving mirror Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least one driving mirror of adequate dimensions so placed as to enable the driver to view from his seat the road to the rear of the vehicle. However, this provision shall not be compulsory for motor cycles with or without sidecar. (c) Warning devices Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least one audible warning device of sufficient strength which shall not be a bell, gong, siren or other strident toned device. (d) Windscreen wiper Every motor vehicle fitted with a windscreen shall have at least one efficient windscreen wiper functioning without requiring constant control by the driver. However, this provision shall not be compulsory for motor cycles with or without sidecars. (e) Windscreens Windscreens shall be made of a stable substance, transparent and not likely to produce sharp splinters if broken. The objects seen through this substance shall not appear distorted. (f) Reversing device Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a reversing device controlled from the driver’s seat if the weight of the motor vehicle when empty exceeds 400 kg (900 lbs.) (g) Exhaust Silencer Every motor vehicle shall have an exhaust silencer in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise, the working of which cannot be interrupted by the driver while on the road. (h) Tires The wheels of motor vehicles and their trailers shall be fitted with pneumatic tires, or with some other tires of equivalent elasticity. (i) Device to prevent a vehicle from running down a gradient When traveling in a mountainous region of a country where it is required by domestic regulations, any motor vehicle of which the permissible maximum weight exceeds 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs.) shall carry a device, such as a scotch or chock, which can prevent the vehicle from running backwards or forwards. (j) General provisions
(i) In so far as possible the machinery or accessory equipment of any motor vehicle shall not entail a risk of fire or explosion, nor cause the emission of noxious gases or offensive odors or produce disturbing noises, nor be a source of danger in case of collision.
(ii) Every motor vehicle shall be so constructed that the driver shall be able to see ahead, to the right and to the left, clearly enough to enable him to drive safely.
(iii) The provisions relating to braking and lighting shall not apply to invalid carriages which comply with the domestic regulations in the country of registration as regards brakes, lights and reflectors. For the purpose of this paragraph “invalid carriage” shall mean a motor vehicle whose unladen weight does not exceed 300 kg (700 lbs.), whose speed does not exceed 30 km (19 miles) per hour, and which is specially designed and constructed (and not merely adapted) for the use of a person suffering from some physical defect or disability and is normally used by such person.

IV. COMBINATION VEHICLES (a) A “combination of vehicles” may be composed of a drawing vehicle and one or two trailers. An articulated vehicle may draw a trailer, but if such articulated vehicle is used for the carriage of passengers, the trailer shall have not more than one axle and shall not carry passengers. (b) Any Contracting State may, however, indicate that it will only permit that one trailer be drawn by a vehicle and that it will not permit an articulated vehicle to draw a trailer. It may also indicate that it will not permit articulated vehicles for the transport of passengers.

V. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS The provisions of parts I, II and paragraph (e) of part III of this annex shall apply to any motor vehicle first registered at any time subsequent to a date two years after the entry into force of this Convention, and to any trailer drawn thereby. The said provisions shall apply five years after the entry into force of this Convention to any motor vehicle first registered at any time previous to a date two years after the entry into force of this Convention, and to any trailer. In the meantime the following provisions shall apply: (a) Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with either two systems of brakes, independent of each other, or one system of brakes with two independent means of operation, of which one means of operation will function, even if the other fails to function, provided that in all cases the system used is really effective and rapid in action. (b) Every motor vehicle traveling alone shall, during the night and from sunset, be fitted in front with at least two white lights placed one on the right and the other on the left, and, at the back, with a red light. For motor cycles unaccompanied by a side-car, the number of lights in front may be reduced to one. (c) Every motor vehicle shall also be equipped with one or more devices capable of effectively illuminating the road for a sufficient distance ahead unless the two white lights prescribed above already fulfill this condition. If the vehicle is capable of proceeding at a speed greater than 30 km (19 miles) an hour this distance shall not be less than 100 m (325 feet). (d) Lamps which may produce a dazzling effect shall be provided with means for eliminating the dazzling effect when other users of the road are met, or on any occasion when such elimination would be useful. The elimination of the dazzling effect shall, however, leave sufficient light to illuminate the road clearly for at least 25 m (80 feet). (e) Motor vehicles drawing trailers shall be subject to the same regulations as separate motor vehicles in so far as forward lighting is concerned; the rear red light shall be carried on the back of the trailer.

Annex 7 DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS OF VEHICLES IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
1. This annex applies to highways designated in accordance with article 23.
2. On these roads the permissible maximum dimensions and weights, unladen or with load, provided that no vehicle shall carry a maximum load in excess of that declared permissible by the competent authority of the country in which it is registered, shall be as follows:

Meters Feet
(a) Over-all width ………………………………. 2.50 8.20
(b) Over-all height ……………………………………. 3.80 12.50
(c) Over-all length:
Goods vehicles with two axles ………………. 10.00 33.00
Passenger vehicles with two axles ………….. 11.00 36.00
Vehicles with three or more axles ………….. 11.00 36.00
Articulated vehicles …………………………….. 14.00 46.00
Combination of vehicles with one trailer …… 18.00 59.00
Combination of vehicles with two trailers …. 22.00 72.00
(d) Permissible maximum weight: Metric tons Lbs.
(i) Per most heavily loaded axle …………………. 8.00 17,600
(ii) Per most heavily loaded tandem axle group (the two axles of the group being at least 40 inches (1.00 meter) and less than 7 feet (2.00 meters apart) ……………………. 14.50 32,000
(iii) Per vehicle, articulated vehicle or other combination:

Distance, in meters, between the extreme axles of a vehicle, articulated vehicle or other combination
Permissible maximum weight, in metric tons, of a vehicle, articulated vehicle or other combination
From 1 to less than 2 14.50
” 2 “3  15.00
” 3 ” 4 16.25
” 4 ” 5 17.50
” 5 ” 6 18.75
” 6 ” 7 20.00
” 7 ” 8 21.25
” 8 ” 9 22.50
” 9 ” 10 23.75
” 10 ” 11 25.00
” 11 ” 12 26.25
” 12 ” 13 27.50
” 13 ” 14 28.75
” 14 ” 15 30.00
” 15 ” 16 31.25
” 16 ” 17 32.50
” 17 ” 18 33.75
” 18 ” 19 35.00
” 19 ” 20 36.25

(iv) If in respect of any vehicle admitted to international traffic the permissible maximum weight under the part expressed in metric units of the table set out in sub-paragraph (iii) differs from the permissible maximum weight under the part expressed in feet and pounds, the higher of the two figures shall be adopted.
3. Contracting States may conclude regional agreements increasing the permissible maximum weights beyond those in the list. It is suggested, however, that the permissible maximum weight per most heavily loaded axle should not exceed 13 metric tons (28,660 lbs.).
4. When any Contracting State designates roads to which this annex shall apply, it shall indicate the maximum dimensions or weights provisionally permissible for traffic on such roads:
(a) Where they are ferries, tunnels or bridges which would restrict the passage of vehicles of the dimensions and weights permitted in this annex;
(b) Where their character or condition calls for the restriction of the circulation of such vehicles on them.
5. Special traffic authorizations for vehicles or combinations of vehicles exceeding the maximum dimensions or weights given herein may be issued by any Contracting State or subdivision thereof.
6. Any Contracting State or subdivision thereof may limit or prohibit the operation of motor vehicles upon any designated road to which this annex shall apply or impose restrictions as to the weight of vehicles to be operated upon any such road for a limited period, whenever any such road by reason of deterioration, heavy rain, snow, thawing or other unfavorable climatic conditions would be seriously damaged by vehicles of the weights normally permitted.

Annex 8 CONDITIONS TO BE FULFILLED BY DRIVERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES IN INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC
The minimum age for driving a motor vehicle under the conditions set out in article 24 of the Convention shall be eighteen years.Any Contracting State or subdivision thereof may, however, recognize the driving permits issued by other Contracting States to drivers of motor cycles and invalid carriages of a lower age than eighteen years.

Annex 9 MODEL DRIVING PERMIT — DIMENSIONS: 74 x 105 mm
Color: pink
1. The permit will be drawn up in the language(s) prescribed by the legislation of the State.
2. The title of the document “Driving Permit” will be written in the language(s) prescribed in 1. above and will be followed by the translation in French “Permis de conduire”.
3. The inscriptions should be written (or at least repeated) in Latin characters or in so-called English script.
4. The additional remarks, if any, by the competent authorities of the issuing country will not apply to international traffic.
5. The distinguishing sign as defined in annex 4 shall be inscribed in the oval.

Annex 10 MODEL INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT
DIMENSIONS: 105 x 148 mm
Colors: cover: gray
pages: white
Pages 1 and 2 shall be drawn up in the national language or languages.
The entire last page shall be drawn up in French.
Additional pages of the International Driving Permit shall repeat in other languages the text of part I of the last page. They shall be drawn up in the following languages:
(a) Language(s) prescribed by the legislation of the issuing State,
(b) The official languages of the United Nations,
(c) At the most six other languages, chosen at the discretion of the issuing State.
The authoritative translation of the text of the permit in the different languages shall be communicated to the Secretary-General of the United Nations by Governments, each one in the language which concerns it.
The written remarks shall be written in Latin characters or in so-called English script.

PROTOCOL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON ROAD AND MOTOR TRANSPORT PROTOCOL CONCERNING COUNTRIES OR TERRITORIES AT PRESENT OCCUPIED
It is agreed that nothing in Chapter VII of the Convention on Road Traffic shall be deemed to prevent the Economic and Social Council from addressing invitations to any country or territory at present occupied to accede to the Convention, or to prevent accession to the Convention by or on behalf of such country or territory.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned representatives have signed this Protocol.

DONE at Geneva this nineteenth day of September 1949 in a single copy in the English and French languages, both texts authentic. The original will be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations who will send certified copies to each of the Governments invited to send representatives to the Conference.

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY.
FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL:
SIGNED
Assistant Secretary-General in Charge of the Legal Department.

Afghanistan
Albania
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
F. BLONDEEL

Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burma
Byeloressian Soviet Socialist Republic
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
K. BANG
A. BLOM-ANDERSEN

Dominican Republic
T.F. FRANCO

Ecuador
Egypt
A.K. SAFWAT

El Salvador
Ethiopia
Finland
France
LUCIEN HUBERT

Greece
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
N. RAGHAVAN PILLAI

Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
M. ENRICO MELLINI

Lebanon
Subject to ratification.
J. MIKAOUI

Liberia
Luxembourg
R. LOGELIN

Mexico
Netherlands
J.J. OYEVARR

New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
AXEL RONNING

Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
RODOLFO MASLOG

Poland
Portugal
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Sweden
GOSTA HALL

Switzerland
HENRICH ROTHMUND
ROBERT PLUMEZ
PAUL GOTTRET

Syria
Thailand
Transjordan
Turkey
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Union of South Africa
H. BRUNE

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
C.A. BIRTCHNELL

United States of America
HENRY H. KELLY
HERBERT S. FAIRBANK

Uruguay
Venezuela
Yemen
Yugoslavia

WHEREAS the Senate of the United States of America by their resolution of August 9, 1950, two-thirds of the Senators present concurring therein, did advise and consent to the ratification of the said Convention and related protocol;

WHEREAS the said Convention and related protocol were duly ratified by the President of the United States of America on August 17, 1950, in pursuance of the aforesaid advice and consent of the Senate;

WHEREAS it is provided in Article 29 of the said Convention that the Convention shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of the deposit of the fifth instrument of ratification or accession;

WHEREAS instruments of ratification of, or accession to, the said Convention have been deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations by the respective Governments of the following States, namely: the United States of America on August 30, 1950, (“With declaration stating that ïthe provisions of the Convention on Road Traffic will be applicable to all of the territories for the international relations of which the United States of America is responsible.Í”) France on September 15, 1950, Czechoslovakia on November 3, 1950, Monaco on August 3, 1951, (“In acceding, Monaco stated that it will only permit one trailer to be drawn by a vehicle and that it will not permit an articulated vehicle to draw a trailer.”) And Sweden on February 25, 1952,

AND WHEREAS, pursuant to the aforesaid provision of Article 29 of the said Convention, the Convention entered into force on March 26, 1952, the thirtieth day after February 25, 1952, the date of the deposit of the fifth instrument of ratification or accession;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it known that I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim and make public the said Convention on Road Traffic and the said related protocol to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof shall be observed and fulfilled with good faith, on and after March 26, 1952, by the United States of America and by the citizens of the United States of America and all other persons subject to the jurisdiction thereof.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the city of Washington this sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred fifty-two and of the Independence of the United State of America the one hundred seventy-sixth.

By the President: HARRY S TRUMAN

DEAN ACHESON
Secretary of State