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Qatar bans 80 more job categories from securing driving licences

Qatar’s General Directorate of Traffic at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has banned 80 more job categories from getting driving licences.

According to a report on The Peninsula, these jobs are added to the already 150 plus list which includes a number of professions.

The job categories that are barred from securing a driving licence include grocer, newspaper vendor, barber, servant, cosmetologist, security guard, porter, shepherd, butcher, tailor, goldsmith, agricultural worker, decoration technician, mining technician, beautician, mechanic etc.

The Directorate has banned such jobs from having driving licence saying that it will help reduce traffic congestion.

Related : List of professions not eligible to apply for driving licence in Qatar

“We received the new list last month and we fear it will reduce the number of people seeking new driving licenses. We will come to know about the actual impact, when we compare the current month (September) with previous months”, a source at Al Rayah Driving School told the newspaper.

He added that the ban is applicable to only company workers and workers under private sponsorship are not included in it.

“These categories don’t require a driving licence since the companies are supposed to provide them with transportation,” the source said.

Officials of driving schools say that there is a decrease in the number of people registering for licences compared to the past year.