According to the statement, officials from the three nations agreed on the text of the Passenger Transport Protocol, the document that lists the international bus and private vehicle transport procedures that must be signed by the three countries after the necessary internal authorisation procedures within their governments. We note that the BBIN Friendship Motor Rally will take place in October 2015 to highlight sub-regional networking and the scope and opportunities to increase contacts and exchanges between people under the BBIN initiative. The investigation for the rally was set on fire. We will endeavour to implement a six-month work plan for the implementation of BBIN MVA from July to December 2015, in line with the following activities and milestones: informal discussions have resulted in a new consensus on sub-regional relations outside bilateral agreements, in part due to the continuing failure of existing systems.  At a summit in Kathmandu in November 2014, an agreement on land transport by regional states was approved, with the exception of one country`s reservations that led it to fail. The Subsequent Summit Declaration confirmed sub-regional measures that help strengthen ties. A framework for cooperation was then established with the first meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) in January 2015.   The agreement enters into force after being ratified by the four Member States. The agreement was ratified by Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The lower house of the Bhutanese Parliament approved the agreement in early 2016, but was rejected by the House of Lords in November 2016.  Bhutan has requested that the number of vehicles entering its territory be capped.  In May 2017, the media reported that the Bhutanese government had ordered the Indian government to continue the agreement without Bhutan, as the Bhutanese government was unable to ratify the agreement in the House of Lords because of objections from opposition parties.  Opponents of the measure in Bhutan said the agreement would increase the movement of vehicles from other countries, affecting Bhutanese truck drivers and also causing environmental damage.
A bilateral agreement between Bhutan and India already allows for smooth movement between the two countries. Therefore, Bhutan`s decision not to ratify BBIN MVA would only affect its trade with Nepal and Bangladesh. The Bhutanese government has asked other BBIN members to continue the agreement and has also said it will try to ratify the MVA after the country has held parliamentary elections in 2018. Due to the strained relations between Bhutan and Nepal, the Tshering Tobgay government feared that the registration of Nepalese trucks for Bhutan would anger voters.  India called Bhutan`s decision a “reverse” and not a “rejection” of the agreement, which states that it is natural that not all members progress at the same pace and that India will continue its engagement with Bhutan on this issue.   The BBIN Motor Vehicle Convention (MVA) was signed on 15 June 2015 by the transport ministers of the BBIN countries in Thimphu, Bhutan, for smooth passenger and freight transport in the region. However, Bhutan was unable to ratify it afterwards. “On the traditional route, the vehicles travelled 1550 km. So we can well imagine the duration and cost of the BBIN agreement,” he told reporters after the flag off of the Secretary of State (Nabanna). In regular JWG meetings, representatives explore avenues of cooperation, exchange experiences and best practices, review disaster prediction and disaster control data exchange systems, and strengthen measures to facilitate transit regimes, such as common border crossings on important routes and harmonized customs procedures.  The priority of “connectivity” also covers seamless power grids, shared access to road, rail, air and port infrastructure, and simple modes of transport. To this end, a sub-regional agreement on motor vehicles,