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New Traffic Laws in Qatar
In a major move to curb the growing number of accidents and reckless driving on Qatar
roads, the government yesterday promulgated a new Traffic Law, stipulating severe
penalties for violators including a point system which would ultimately lead to the
cancellation of a habitual offenders driving license.
Decree No 19 of 2007, issued by HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim
bln Hamad al-Thani, said a driving license may be suspended for three months when the
total violations reached 14 points for the first time.
If the same person gathered 12 points again, his license would be suspended for six
months, nine months on the accumulation of the next 10 points and one year for the
next eight points.
Ultimately, a driving license may be cancelled if the same offender earned six
points for the fifth time.
The penalty for using mobile phones while driving has been enhanced. The violator
will have to pay a minimum fine of QR 3,000 and a maximum fine of QR 10,000.
He is also liable for imprisonment up to one year.
Motorists who commit violations like driving with no authorized license, driving
under the influence of liquor, driving in the opposite direction of traffic flow, escaping
from the accident site, causing sound and air pollution and exceeding the speed limit
would be punishable by imprisonment from one month to three years or fined
QR10,000 to 50,000 or both.
According to the new law, the punishment for the following offences are also the
same as mentioned above: Not wearing seat belts, allowing children below 10
years sit in the front passenger seat, not giving way to official motorcades and the
vehicles of the police, civil defense and ambulances, not leaving enough space between
two vehicles and motorcyclists allowing another passenger sit behind them (pillion
The law stipulates that the driver and the front seat passenger should wear
seat belts all the time.
Cyclists should keep to the right side of the road and should ride in one line.
Motorcyclists are not allowed to ride on one wheel. Both should wear helmets.
VIOLATION POINT SYSTEM : Violators of traffic rules will be given negative points as
Jumping the red light 7
Driving in the opposite direction 6
Driving under the influence of alcohol 6
Exceeding the maximum speed 4
Driving recklessly and dangerously 4
Driving with defective brakes 4
Driving with inappropriate license 3
Driving with stripped or invalid license 3
Violating norms of public morality 3
Driving an unregistered vehicle 3
Driving a vehicle without number plates 3
Unauthorized changes made to number plates 3
Providing wrong information to pass the technical inspection 3
Using the vehicle for the wrong purpose 3
Blocking the flow of traffic intentionally 3
Driving a vehicle without a proper silencer 3
Driving a polluting vehicle 3
Driving a vehicle that leaks any material that can damage the road 3
Driving a vehicle which drops loads which can endanger the public safety 3
Driving on the embankment 3
Making a wrong U-turn 3
Changing a vital part of the vehicle without a written permission from the authorities 3
Giving the license to someone who has no license 2
Driving a vehicle with unclear number plates 2
Driving with only one number plate, or changing their shape or detail 1
Refraining from giving driving license to traffic police 1
Trucks violating the load conditions 1
Trucks violating the width, length, or weight regulations of the vehicle 1
Driving a technically unsafe vehicle 1
Using lights, horns, microphones, or other machines against the law 1
Disobeying traffic signs 1
IS THIS APPLICABLE TO ALL NATIONALITY OR ONLY EXPATRIATES?
its a hoax. its the same thing that was spread last year and the year before.
Decree No 19 of 2007, means this Traffic Law was Introduced in 2007. So not new at all......
This is very hard to read. I hope tis not important!!!
OMG... again? Come on.
hard to read.. very small