Driving in a foreign country entails learning new rules that may or may not be similar to one’s country of origin. Once you get your driving license, you might too excited that you forget that you are in a country where you can get fined if you don’t follow proper guidelines. So it is important to familiarize the driving rules in Qatar so as not to be penalized.
These rules are implemented so as to avoid traffic accidents as well as avoid causing inconvenience to others on the road. At times, the government adds new regulations. Those who drive need to be updated with these developments.
Rules When Driving in Qatar
As with any other countries, drivers in Qatar have to follow rules when on the road. The Ministry of Interior is tasked with monitoring the road and ensuring that everyone obeys the law. Here are some the regulations to be followed:
- Should be 18 years old and above to be allowed to drive
- Must have a valid driver’s license
- Car registration, to be renewed annually
- Everyone must wear a seat belt
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road
- Children under 12 years old are not allowed to sit in front of the car
- It is illegal to talk on the phone while driving
- It is illegal to drive while drunk
All the proper documents should be in the vehicle at all times. These are important in case of accidents or other similar cases.
Over speeding is also constantly being monitored. MOI has installed speed radars all over the place for this function. The policemen are also checking the speed of the vehicles on the road.
Sometimes over speeding causes road rage to some drivers. Thus, it is always advisable to observe the allowed speed. And keep calm when driving.
The offenses of the drivers are being tracked. These carry a corresponding point, depending on the kind of offense committed. The MOI has posted the updated list of driving offenses and corresponding points. For instance, 14 points within 12 months will result to suspension of one’s license. More major offenses might lead to stiffer penalties including imprisonment or deportation.