Today's Jakarta Post reports on an ASEAN initiative to create an ASEAN driver's license:
I have noted earlier that ASEAN already has a mutual recognition agreement on driving licenses. It just doesn't seem to be implemented properly. Hence creating a common driving license is a reasonable approach to what should be a mundane, yet important issue in cross-border movement of vehicles.
The real question is the infrastructure that ASEAN will establish to verify and keep track of driving licenses. Sharing information among the ASEAN countries, particularly electronically, has proven difficult over the years, whether dealing with the ASEAN Single Window, self-certification of origin, common visas or even e-mail. Full connectivity is dependent on improving both the physical and virtual infrastructures of ASEAN.