The U.S. has dropped its earlier resistance and agreed to allow Poland to donate old tanks to Ukraine, but the actual delivery has been delayed due to logistical problems which it may take some time to overcome.
The main hold-up is that the Ukrainian tank drivers, who are coming to Poland to pick up the tanks, don’t have Polish driver’s licenses.
While Poland’s Department of Motor Vehicles has said that it is willing to issue temporary authorizations for the tanks to be driven by the Ukrainian tank drivers to the Ukrainian-Polish border, White House lawyers are refusing to authorize the transfers because they have doubts that such temporary authorizations from the Polish DMV would satisfy the requirement that, under NATO insurance policies, all drivers must have valid local driver’s licenses.
White House lawyers and other officials are exploring the possibility of the Ukrainian tank drivers obtaining international driver’s licenses, which would then be valid in Poland.
Nonetheless, delays are expected. Even if the international driver’s licenses satisfy Polish DMV requirements, getting the licenses may take some time, due in part to the difficulty for some drivers of gathering together the necessary documentation to support an application, given current conditions in Ukraine, and due in part to the backlog in the issuance of such licenses at the international agency that issues them.
White House lawyers have stated that they are continuing discussions aimed at resolving these issues.
The Trenchant Observer