New Transportation Ministry drivers’ license regulation s takes in consideration foreigners in Israel.
Unfair and stringent conditions to convert a driver’s license rescinded after our appeal to the Transportation Ministry.
"Israeli Shortcut" recently dealt with a case of a person possessing a foreign driver’s license who wanted to convert his foreign commercial vehicle (truck) license to an Israeli C1 commercial vehicle (truck) license. Because he had less than 5 years’ experience driving, he had to take a driver’s test. After he failed the two tests he was allowed, he was told that not only was he required to take driving lessons to be able to take the commercial vehicle driver’s test again, like any ordinary Israeli citizen who had never had a driver’s license, but he would also be required to take driving lessons if he only wanted to convert his foreign license for B private vehicles to an Israeli one.
Other similar cases and complaints had reached Israeli Shortcut. We appealed to the Transportation Ministry and asked why he shouldn’t be able to take two driver’s license tests for private vehicles which are much easier to drive than transport vehicles.
We shortly after received an email response from the Ministry that in the wake of our letter, a new, clear regulation was issued to all the branches of the Ministry of Transportation confirming that one is entitled to take two driver’s test for a private vehicle even if he has failed the test for a C1 commercial vehicle. (See the regulation below).
"Israeli Shortcut’s" director Zev Zer commends the Ministry of Transportation for coming towards the foreign population that lives in Israel and easing their way to obtain basic abilities necessary for maintaining day to day life.