Probably one of the unusual sights you will see in Qatar is lady drivers. Previously, this line of work had been male-dominated.
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But now, ladies are given opportunities to work as drivers. Driving is one of the many jobs that you can apply for in Qatar.
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.
Earnings of a Lady Driver
For those who are wondering how much lady drivers earn, the following YouTube video from Chex TV will give you an idea. The vlogger has been working in Qatar for 5 years.
Our vlogger began working as a lady driver in 2015. Here is the information she shared in her video:
- She applied through an agency since it is a more legal way to get a job abroad.
- She experienced a two-week processing time before she got accepted.
- Some of the documents she prepared are her passport and NBI clearance.
- The owner of the Qatar agency came to the Philippines to interview her.
- She was asked to present her valid Philippine driver’s license during the interview.
- She was asked to sign a contract after passing the interview.
- Her initial salary was QAR 1,460 because her employer shouldered her driving lessons in Qatar. She needs to pass the driving test in Qatar to be able to drive legally.
- Her initial salary was almost Php 20,000. But since she is on her third contract, her pay gradually increased. She is now earning close to Php 30,000.
- The vlogger emphasizes that the lady driver’s salary will depend on the employer and the driver’s experience.
- The more an applicant gains experience, the salary increase will follow. She also advised not to expect a big sum when driving for the first time.
- The minimum expected salary would be Php 20,000.
- The vlogger also advised that applicants for lady drivers should be fit to work. They must know how to drive so they can pass the Qatar driving test.
Watch the full video here:
Driving Culture in Qatar
According to Expetica.com, the legal age to drive in Qatar is 18 years old. Drivers must have a valid license with them at all times. If they are caught driving without one, they can be fined or jailed. What’s more, if the driver got into an accident without carrying the license, the insurance policy will not be honored.
Drivers need to follow the road rules. Even if there are no traffic police in the vicinity, there are speed cameras that will monitor the speed of the vehicles. The allowed speed limit ranges from 60 km/h to 120 km/h depending on the road. There will be a corresponding penalty for those who do not abide by the road rules.
All occupants in the car are required to put on a seatbelt. Children below 12 years old are required to seat at the back.
There is also a corresponding fine for driving while texting or looking at the cell phone.
Drivers who fail to follow the rules will also get points in the license. During the year, the points against the driver will be reviewed. The license could be suspended or canceled permanently depending on the accumulated points.