Qatar may exclude more job categories from driving licence

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Qatar’s Traffic Department may soon declare more job categories as ineligible for light-vehicle licences, The Peninsula has reported citing a senior official.

The new restriction will be in addition to existing list of 180+ jobs already banned from having the licence.

The measure is being done as part of a national strategy to address traffic congestion, the senior official at General Directorate of Traffic Department told the newspaper.

“Currently, the demand of driving licence is very high and there are many categories of jobs which will be banned from getting car driving licence,” the official reportedly said.

“The department is waiting for the completion of mega urban projects and once they like roads and bridges are completed, the department can relax the policy,” the official added.

Categories of jobs that may be banned

According to the official, the categories of jobs which could be banned in near future included jobs relating to administration.

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

Job categories already banned

The department has already banned more than 180 categories of jobs which include a number of professions.

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The job categories already banned from getting driving licences include grocer, butcher, tailor, goldsmith, agricultural worker, decoration technician, mining technician, beautician, mechanic, newspaper vendor, barber, servant, cosmetologist, security guard, porter, shepherd etc.

To make driving test time comfortable for applicants, the time has been adjusted from 5am to 7am; divided in three days for three different tests including computer test, parking test and road test.

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

Published on 4 October 2017

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