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List of Driving Violations and Fines by MOI Qatar

So you’ve studied driving in Qatar and have gotten your driver’s license already. Congratulations on this new chapter as it takes time and money to apply for a license to drive in another country. Given this, it is important that you are also aware of certain Qatar driving rules to take note of in order to avoid fines and make sure that you and other drivers are safe on the road.

In this article, we are posting a list of driving traffic violations and their corresponding fines as shared by the Ministry of Interior-Qatar. Please be guided accordingly as these rules have been posted to avoid accidents and inconvenience.

All drivers in Qatar should be aware of this list for your awareness and safety. Good to know the law when driving your car and other vehicles.

Qatar Traffic Violations and Fines

Please make sure you read the following offenses and sanctions for your reference.

NoType of ViolationFine AmountPoints
1Driving a non registered vehicle. QR.30002
2Not displaying the sticker indicating the valid date of the vehicle license at a clear place on the vehicle or refusing to show it when requested. QR.3001
3Driving a vehicle on the road without renewal of it's license. QR.1500Nil
4Driving a vehicle without number plates. QR.30003
5Making unauthorized changes of color or shape of the number plates or altering the details on it or loaning it or exchanging it. QR.15003
6Not returning the number plates to the licensing authority when the vehicle is not in use or in case of non renewal of the vehicle license within the stipulated date or the vehicle being unfit for use or when applying for cancellation of its registration or for it's export out of the country ultimately.QR.500Nil
7Not informing the licensing authority immediately about the loss or damage of any one or both of the number plates. QR.5002
8Using the commercial number plates in unauthorized situations. QR.500Nil
9Using of temporary number plates ( "For test" number plates) for unauthorized purposes. QR.500Nil
10Driving a vehicle with commercial number plates or number plates which are allowed for test vehicles without fixing it properly on the vehicle as requested by the law or allowing an unauthorized person to drive that vehicle. QR.500Nil
11Not returning of a commercial or test vehicles' number plates or a temporary number plate to the licensing authority when cancelled or not renewed.QR.500Nil
12To write or to paint or to put any details against the law on any part of the vehicle or in the body of the vehicle or to use the vehicle for publicity purposes without written permission from licensing authority. QR.500Nil
13To make changes in the use of the vehicle any way or altering any major part in it that entails tampering with the registration particulars of the vehicle without written permission from licensing authority.QR.30003
14If the owner does not inform the licensing authority in writing about the change of ownership of the vehicle within three days of ownership change along with details of new owner and his address. QR.500Nil
15If the new owner of the vehicle does not inform the licensing authority in writing about the change of ownership to him within 3 days from changing the ownership to him.QR.500Nil
16The owner of the vehicle not informing the traffic authority about any change in the owner's name or nationality or ID number, his address or place of residence within 10 days of such a change. QR.500Nil
17If the owner of the vehicle does not inform the licensing authority about the loss or damage of the registration card (RC / Vehicle license) or not applying for a new one instead of lost or damaged RC or if the person who found the RC not returning it to the licensing authority. QR.500 Nil
18The driving instructor not complying with rules and regulations related with driving classes or the learner not carrying learner's permit during driving classes or not producing it when requested by the police. QR.300Nil
19Driving a vehicle without renewing driving license. QR.1500Nil
20The driver not carrying the driving license while driving or not producing it when asked by the police.QR.5001
21To obtain more than one driving license of same kind or to use it or to allow some one to use it against the law or to use the license for some illegal gain or someone using somebody else's license or accepting it except in the situations allowed by the law.QR.500Nil
22The owner of the driving license not informing the traffic department or the nearest traffic office about the loss or damage of a driving license immediately or not returning it to the licensing authority whenever it is found.QR.300Nil
23The car rental offices and companies or car selling and buying showrooms or car decoration shops or car automobile workshops undertaking their business before obtaining trade license from the licensing authority. QR.3000Nil
24Setting up or running a driving school or conducting driving classes without permission from the licensing authority.QR.3000Nil
25If the motorist does not stay in the right side of the road in situations specified by law. QR.5001
26If the drivers of transport vehicles ( buses of all types) and trucks, goods vehicles, trailers or semi-trailers do not keep to the right side of the road or overtake other vehicles. QR.30001
27Not abiding by the lanes on the main section of the road while driving. QR.5001
28Driving a vehicle in the opposite (wrong) direction. QR.60006
29Reversing the vehicle on the main road except in emergency or reversing the vehicle at intersections.QR.15003
30If the driver of a vehicle exits from a lane to reach a side road or to enter some point near the road or exit from it or to turn or to reverse without taking any precaution prescribed by the law. QR.5001
31If the driver of a vehicle Parks the vehicle on expressway in an undesignated area or to reverse or turn to the left or to u-turn or to drive it on the traffic island. QR.60003
32If a bicyclist does not ride on the right side of the main section of the road or does not ride behind other bicycle riders at places where no lanes are earmarked for two-wheelers or does not ride on the lanes earmarked for two wheelers whenever they are available. QR.300Nil
33If a motor cyclist does not ride on the lanes assigned for motor vehicles.QR.3001
34If a motor cyclist carries passengers on his motorcycle without side car or back seat or if a bicycle rider carries passengers on his bicycle which is not designed to carry passengers. QR.300Nil
35If the motorcyclist, bicyclist and the riders on the back seat do not wear the helmet.QR.300Nil
36If a motorcyclist or bicyclist does not hold on the handle bar with both hands unless when required to indicate signals manually or if he holds on another vehicle while driving or if a two-wheeler drives on one wheel or tries to tow, carry, push or drag objects that can obstruct traffic or endanger themselves or others on the road. QR.1500Nil
37Driving a vehicle on a restricted road or allowing somebody to do so without written permission from licensing authority. QR.500Nil
38Exceeding posted speed limit on the road. QR.500
And to be increased by QR.100 for every 10 km / hour of speed to the maximum penalty of QR.1000.
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39If the motorist does not slow down the speed at pedestrian crossings or at crowded points or turnings or curves or cross roads or intersections or roundabouts or bridges or underpasses or while entering school or hospital zones which is to ensure the road safety. QR.300Nil
40If the motorist does not control and adjust vehicle speed according to situation and condition of road, vehicle's condition and its load and weather that will help to stop or reduce speed whenever needed.QR.300Nil
41Driving a vehicle at abnormal low speed that may obstruct traffic movement without a good reason.QR.3003
42Applying the brake suddenly without an emergency required to ensure the safety and security of the traffic in the road.QR.300Nil
43Not giving clear indication in advance (turn signal) and enough time when going to slow down the speed of the vehicle.QR.300Nil
44If the driver and the front seat passenger do not wear the seat belts while driving on the road.QR.500Nil
45The driver using or holding a mobile phone or any other device in hand while driving or becoming busy watching any visual object from television set in the vehicle or allowing the children less than 10 years of age to occupy the front seat while driving the vehicle on the road.QR.500Nil
46Fixing of sign plates or advertisements or devices similar to the traffic signs or devices which lessen the clarity or the effect of the original signs by the traffic department or which may cause confusion to other road users. QR.10001
47To use the vehicle for purposes other than what is mentioned in the vehicle lecense or registration certificate or to allow somebody to do so. QR.30003
48Driving a vehicle with a vehicle license while it has been suspended on the basis of legal or administrative decision.QR.15003
49Driving a vehicle with a driving license while it has been suspended on the basis of legal or administrative decision.
50Driving a vehicle that makes noisy sounds or dense fume or causing bad smoke or leaks inflammable materials or harms the public health or environment or damages the road or driving a vehicle without an appropriate silencer.QR.30003
51To drive tippers or earthmovers or bulldozers, etc. on roads which are not assigned for such vehicles. QR.30003
52The pedestrians walking through the main section of the road or on the areas which are assigned only for two wheelers if there are pavements or not walking on extreme left side from the main section of the road which is at the opposite direction of the moving vehicles if the pavements are not available when they face dangers of vehicles while they are walking on the extreme right of the traffic direction or not complying with extreme edge of the road that is against their movement's direction or one person not walking behind another one whenever it is possible during their walking on the road outside the city. QR.100Nil
53If pedestrians do not take necessary precaution while crossing the main section of the road. QR.200Nil
54If the pedestrians do not follow the signs for below directives when crossing the main section of the road through assigned places :- QR.500Nil
1.      Signals for pedestrian crossing.
2.      Pedestrian not to cross when the police has allowed the vehicles to move.
3.      Not to mingle with the line of sergeants or with organized groups that is moving under supervision of a responsible person and all permitted parades.
4.      Abiding by the traffic signals and rules.
55If the motorists do not give way to official motorcades or to similar convoys, or if the motorists or pedestrians try to get into the motorcade or to obstruct its movement or follow it at any method or getting near to it or running along it. QR.500Nil
56If the motorist does not abide by any of the following rules:- QR.500Nil
1.      Allow adequate space between him and the vehicle in front of him and to be attentive of signals of the vehicle in front of him and not to overtake except from the left side.
2.      Not to overtake the vehicles which are running in front of him at unclear elevations and sharp turnings, arched bridges, curves, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and in all places where the traffic signals prohibit overtaking.
3.      Not to increase speed while being overtaking by another vehicle.
4.      Not to overtake when the vision is not clear.
5.      Not to overtake police, internal state security vehicles as well as ambulance and civil defense vehicles while they are on emergency calls and they are using their sirens.
6.      Not to overtake vehicles which are loading students in residential areas.
7.      Following the official signboards on the road indicating directions that are posted by licensing authority.
8.      Letting the vehicles assigned for emergency (police, security, civil defense and ambulance) to pass through when on an emergency duty.
9.      Vacating the road immediately at intersection or junctions when emergency vehicles need to pass.
10.                         Not driving behind emergency vehicles and not maintaining at least 50 meters of space from that.
57The drivers not giving adequate signals as required. QR.200Nil
58If drivers of emergency vehicles ( police, internal state security, civil defense and ambulance) use the sirens without emergency cases. QR.2001
59If the motorist does not move his vehicle to the nearest service road (safe area) in case of an accident that did not involve any injuries while vehicle can be moved (drivable) or if the motorist does not inform the police immediately.QR.10003
60If the motorist refuses to disclose his name and address or the name and address of the owner of the vehicle to the traffic police in case of an accident.QR.5001
61Driving a vehicle on the road while the vehicle is not equipped with a working horn.QR.3001
62Drivers using horns except when facing an imminent danger . QR.3001
63Fixing or using air horns or musical horns. QR.3001
64Fixing or using horns or light systems or devices similar to those which are prescribed only for police or civil defense or ambulance vehicles without written permission from the licensing authority. QR.10001
65To use high beam or fog lights in the front or rear of the vehicle except in the weather conditions that require this kind of light. QR.5001
66Using any method to tint glasses of the vehicle without permission from licensing authority. QR.1000Nil
67Driving a vehicle on the road between sunset and sunrise or when the vision is poor due to weather conditions at daytime without using the following lights :-QR.500 Nil
a.      The dim light and 2 rear lights and light of number plate at back side and high beam / fog lights are not allowed when the vehicle is parked.
b.      To dim high beam / fog lights to low beam when approaching a vehicle from a reasonable distance from the opposite side.
68Driving motorcycles or bicycles on the road between sunset and sunrise or when the vision is poor due to weather conditions at daytime without using the following lights :-QR.300Nil
a. The electric light which is fixed at front of the motorcycle or bicycle and back light of the motorcycle and the light on the side.
b. The reflector at back side of the bicycle.
69To drive vehicles pulled by men or animals from sunset to sunrise or when the vision is poor due to weather conditions at daytime without using the following lights: QR.300Nil
Having a normal white light in the front and red light in the back as those lights will be fixed in a way that will inform about the presence of a vehicle clearly during its running.
70To drive a vehicle between sunset and sunrise period on the road or when the vision is poor due to weather conditions at daytime without considering the following lights:- QR.1000Nil
Should not have any red light in front of the vehicle. The white light at normal conditions and yellow light at foggy situations are sufficed.
71When a parked car driver failed to use light signals or reflecting signs at the back side of the vehicle during daytime or nighttime where visibility is poor and didn't care to park away of the main section of the road. QR.5003
72If the driver of a vehicle does not adjust the high beam light towards the right side of the road.. QR.2001
73If the motorist does not abide by the automatic traffic signals. QR.60007
74If a motorist moves his vehicle and obstruct or confuse the traffic at intersections where there are automatic traffic signals, in spite of the priority of moving is to him (If a driver obstructs traffic flow at intersection). QR.5003
75If the motorist does not abide by the manual signals activated by the traffic police.QR.60007
76Failing to give priority in moving a vehicle on road junctions where multi cross roads in squares.QR.300Nil
77If the motorist does not give priority to the vehicles coming from the left side of the intersections where signals or signs specifying the priority are not available or failing to give priority where signals and signs are there determining the priority on moving the vehicle. QR.300Nil
78If the motorist does not give the right of way for vehicles approaching from paved roads at two intersections where one road is paved and another is not paved.QR.300Nil
79If a motorist approaches the main road from the side road, does not allow the right of way to the vehicles approaching from the main road.QR.300Nil
80Parking and waiting of vehicles at non assigned places. QR.3003
81To park vehicles or wait at assigned places for pedestrian crossings or on pavements. QR.3003
82To park vehicles or wait at non assigned places for parking or waiting on bridges, flyovers and underpasses. QR.3003
83To park vehicles or wait on the main section of the road near elevations or curves.QR.3003
84To park vehicles or wait at a distance of less than 15 meters from cross roads or ground entrances, roundabouts or pedestrian crossings or public transport stations. QR.3003
85To park vehicles or wait on the main section of the road beside continuous long ground signs which are not allowed to cross it. QR.3003
86To park vehicles or wait at such points where parking the vehicle or stopping there will lead to hide traffic signals and traffic sign boards or vehicles from sight of some road users.QR.3003
87To park vehicles or wait in front of entrances or exits of private residences, garages, petrol stations, hospitals, first aid centers, fire and police stations or military zones or educational institutions without permission. QR.3003
88To park vehicles or wait in the places where parking will obstruct the movement of other vehicles there.QR.3003
89To park vehicles or wait on the main section of the road nearby another parked vehicle.QR.3003
90To park vehicles or wait at waiting or parking prohibited areas. QR.3003
91To park vehicles or wait at places reserved for persons with special needs or for others. QR.5003
92To park vehicles or wait at paid parking without making payment. QR.3003
93To park vehicles or wait at paid parking beyond the time limit. QR.3003
94To obstruct the use of parking lots reserved for taxies or give rise for rush in front of it. QR.3003
95To leave a vehicle on a main road without taking necessary procedures to avoid risk of any accident or leaving it in a way that will obstruct flow of traffic or without taking necessary procedures to avoid illegal use of it by someone else or leaving it with its operating key. QR.5003
96If the driver of a vehicle remains with the vehicle on a main road that may cause to obstruct the traffic or to risk an accident on road users.QR.5003
97To leave vehicles or animals or objects on the main road in such a manner that could risk the lives of others or obstruct or block traffic. QR.5003
98To place any barrier or any object on the road that may obstruct traffic or passersby or road works without written permission from licensing authority. QR.5003
99To transport persons in a vehicle which hasn't seating facility or not meant for passenger transport. QR.5003
100To carry any vehicle on carrier or footboard or on the roof top of the vehicle without written permission from licensing authority. QR.5003
101To run on the road a vehicle with some parts that are not fit for use and not in a secured condition that will risk lives of the passengers or road users. QR.5004
102If the driver of a passenger vehicle or a transport office or a driver of a taxi or a rent a car or a limousine allows to transport passengers more than allowed by law. QR.300Nil
103If the driver of a transport vehicle diverts his attention by talking to anyone of the passengers or allows anybody to sit or stand nearby him while driving the vehicle. QR.300Nil
104Putting the load on the vehicle without organizing, arranging and fixing it properly in a condition that will allow the loaded materials to move or fall while the vehicle is moving.QR.15001
105Not considering the following factors when the load is placed on the vehicle:- QR.15001
1.      To not endanger persons or to not cause any risk for public or private property.
2.      To not make noise or to fly or leak anything that may affect public health or environment or may harass the pedestrians.
3.      To not obstruct vision of the vehicle driver or to not hide automatic or manual traffic signal or side signs or vehicle lights or reflectors or number plates.
4.      To not affect vehicle balance or not causing the driving for danger.
106Exceeding height of load on the vehicle or things appearing from the load for more than 4.2 meters from the road level without written permission from the concerned authority .QR.30001
107Exceeding width of vehicle including load or things appearing from it for more than 2.6 meters without written permission from concerned authority. QR.30001
108 1) To exceed the gross weight of the vehicle on a QR.30001
single axle by 13 tons.
2)     To exceed the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle on a double axle without written permission from licensing authority.
3)     To exceed the gross weight of a vehicle than permitted load limit without written permission from licensing authority.
109Load extension to the front side of the vehicle for more than one meter, or to back side for more than 2 meters from the body of the vehicle without written permission from licensing authority. QR.30001
110Not holding a written permission from the licensing authority to transport materials which cannot be parted while its length will be more than permitted . QR.30001
111Not putting clear red signs on the sides of the load for alerting others . QR.10001
112Making extensions on load boxes of transport vehicle and truck with the aim of carrying more than the dimensions and specifications either by width, length or height. QR.10001
113Not writing down the gross weight and number of passengers on the body of the vehicle, that its load capacity (net weight) is 3 tons or more. QR.10001

The above traffic fines have been implemented for everyone who has a car in Qatar. Please abide them for the security of all drivers and much more of pedestrians.

We hope you find the above table useful in understanding and gaining knowledge to the driving policies in Qatar. We aim to be a helpful source of information as we receive updates online on different rules and regulations made to make our lives easier and safer. Safe driving everyone!




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