THE EFFECT ON STATE LAWS OF THE CONVENTION ON ROAD TRAFFIC

THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO ENTER THE 1968 CONVENTION ON ROAD TRAFFIC, A PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT RELATING TO HIGHWAY TRAFFIC, IS PRESENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THIS COUNTRY AND MANY OTHERS. THE CONVENTION ON ROAD TRAFFIC IS A TREATY AND ALL OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING TREATIES WOULD BE APPLICABLE. AS BETWEEN CONTRACTING PARTIES, ENTRY INTO THE CONVENTION WOULD TERMINATE AND REPLACE SEVERAL EXISTING INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS ON HIGHWAY TRAFFIC. THE CONVENTION IS A PRODUCT OF THE CONFERENCE ON ROAD TRAFFIC SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL AND HELD IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA, ON OCTOBER 7 - NOVEMBER 8, 1968. FROM THE WORDING OF THE CONVENTION, IT APPEARS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S RATIFICATION WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY THE UNITED STATES FILING AN APPROPRIATE INSTRUMENT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS. THE CONVENTION WOULD TAKE EFFECT PROBABLY 12 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF SUCH FILING. ANY STATE LAW CONFLICTING WITH A SELF-EXECUTING TREATY PROVISION WOULD BE SUPERSEDED. SOME PROVISIONS OF THE CONVENTION ON ROAD TRAFFIC ARE SELF-EXECUTING, BUT ONLY WITH RESPECT TO INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC. THE CONVENTION WOULD GRANT FOREIGN MOTORISTS IN THIS COUNTRY NOTHING THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE DOES NOT ALREADY PROVIDE. SINCE MOST NATIONS ARE INTERESTED IN FOSTERING SAFE, EFFICIENT AND FREE USE OF THEIR HIGHWAYS BY INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC, THIS INTEREST CAN BE RELIED UPON AS THE DETERMINATIVE FACTOR IN ANY EFFORT TOWARD ACHIEVING UNIFORMITY. GENERAL GUIDELINES (PARTICULARLY RULES OF THE ROAD) WILL BE PRESENTED FOR ADOPTION BY NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 69-5, 20 PP
  • Publication Date: 1969-12-31

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  • Accession Number: 00238760
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 1970 12:00AM