Guide : 13 Traffic Violations that can land you in jail

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Most traffic tickets are issued for minor offences – including tickets for speeding and parking violations. Normally these can be settled by paying the fine amount at MOI or Traffic Department.

But there are certain traffic-related offences that can result in more significant fines, loss of driving privileges, or even imprisonment.

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Here are the types of violations that cannot be settled by paying fines and needs to be viewed by the concerned court:

1. Driving a vehicle without obtaining a driving license or with a license that is not meant for the class of vehicle.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment for repeating the same violation will be a compulsory minimum Imprisonment of one week and maximum 3 years and fine of minimum QR 20,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • 3 black points on license

2. Giving a vehicle to someone who does not have a valid license to drive the kind of vehicle or to a person without driving license or to a person who does not have any other permit required by the law.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • 2 black points on license

3. Conducting races for men, cars or bicycles on roads without written permission from licensing authority or not complying with rules and regulations assigned by the licensing authority.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • 3 black points on license

4. Carrying out construction or maintenance or destruction or making holes on roads that may obstruct traffic or risk the road users without permission from licensing authority. Or not putting the warning signs, necessary caution boards and not following rules and regulations of licensing authority.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  •  3 black points on license

5. Violating customs and norms of public morality inside the vehicle or allowing somebody to do so.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • 3 black points on license

6. Destroying traffic signs or any part of it or shifting it or changing its content or its information or its direction or damaging it or damaging the road.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.

7. Driving a vehicle on the road recklessly or carelessly or in a way that endangers life of people and properties.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • 4 black points on license

8. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohols or drugs or any other mental stimulants.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • 6 black points on license

9. Running away or trying to run away in case of any accident or when the police from Ministry of Interior or anybody entrusted to implement the traffic law gives an order to stop.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be double by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.

10. Obtaining or trying to obtain vehicle’s registration card or new driving license during the suspension period of the original vehicle license or driving license.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one week ; Maximum imprisonment of one year ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 3,000 and maximum QR 10,000.

11. If the vehicle’s driver does not give necessary assistance when the accident occurs on the way and injuring a person or more than one or not informing the police immediately or moving the vehicle from the accident site without police’s permission or moving the vehicle without necessity to rescue the accident victims.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one week ; Maximum imprisonment of one year ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 3,000 and maximum QR 10,000.

12. The owner of the vehicle refusing to provide information to police about name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of violation or providing false information intentionally.

  • The punishment will be the same for the driver who violated that law according to article number (67).

 13. Providing wrong information intentionally in any forms or applications to pass technical inspection or to earn a license or a temporary one or getting a replacement for the lost one.

  • Imprisonment of maximum 10 years. If the forgery was done by a public staff during his duty, he will be punished by imprisonment of 15 years at a maximum level according to penal code article no. (206).
  • 3 black points on license

NOTE : To keep updated about any traffic violation you might have made, you can install Metrash 2 on your mobile or check online here.

2 Comments

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