Qatar’s Ministry of Interior will start recording violations of traffic rules by pedestrians from 1 August 2019 and will start imposing fines in a move to “preserve lives and strengthen discipline in the streets.”
Three types of penalties
As per the traffic law, there will be three types of penalties:
1) In case the pedestrian is walking on the median (middle of the carriageway) or not using pavements (sidewalk) where available or not walking on the far edge of carriageway opposite the direction of traffic in the absence of pavements, they will face a fine of QR 100.
2) If the pedestrians are not taking the required precautions or not using designated areas to cross the road, the fine will be QR200.
3) If the pedestrian doesn’t follow traffic signals while crossing the road at the intersection and when traffic police allow vehicles to move, the fine will be QR 500.
Similarly QR 500 will be charged if any-one breaks through military parades and processions.
Plan to reduce pedestrian accidents
In an integrated vision to offer a safe passage for pedestrians, Qatar has embarked on its comprehensive pedestrian crossing plan to reduce the mortality of run-over accidents. This plan is one of the components of the integrated transport system for 2030.
Qatar has achieved remarkable successes in traffic safety winning international accolades and awards, especially with regard to reducing road accident mortality, which fell from 16.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2006 to 4.9 cases per 100,000 last year and is lower than the 2022 National Road Safety Strategy goal.
Although the death percentage from run-over accidents in Qatar declined over the past years, it remains high compared to the significant reduction in the overall rate of road deaths.
The plan takes into consideration the rights of all road users, including motorists, cyclists and people with special needs, which contributes to the preservation and safety of lives and property and, most importantly, the development of a safe movement of pedestrians.
Published on 31 July 2019