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Qatar may exclude more job categories from driving licence

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…

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SMS to replace printed report for vehicle inspection in Qatar

Fahes, the vehicle inspection arm of Woqod, has stopped issuing inspection reports on paper, replacing it with a text message to vehicle owners notifying the inspection result and a link to see the report online, The Peninsula has reported. Instead of paper reports, all inspection results are now sent via SMS TEXT to the registered phone number with a printable link in Arabic/English. Until recently, Fahes used to issue a printed report in case the vehicle fails the test. If the vehicle passes both the tests- legal and technical — it was to be directed to the traffic department for completing further The new move, is helping save time of vehicle owners by 15 to 30 minutes as they are no more required to wait for inspection reports to know if the vehicles have passed or failed in the technical inspection. All Fahes centres have a help desk for those…

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Qatar plans to raise fine for using mobile phone while driving

Qatar’s General Directorate of Traffic has submitted recommendations to increase fine for using mobile phones while driving as the current charge of QR500 has not served as deterrent for the violators, Qatar Tribune has reported quoting a senior official. Speaking on the sidelines of a forum on traffic awareness held at the Traffic Directorate headquarters on Monday, Brigadier Mohammed Saad al Kharji, Director-General of General Directorate of Traffic said that the Directorate had submitted recommendations to amend the violation of using mobile phones while driving. As per the current law, the QR500 violation is issued for drivers ‘using or holding a mobile phone or any other device while driving or becoming busy watching any visual object from television set in the vehicle’ is to be modified and increased. Violators to be notified by SMS Brig Kharji said that a control room will be launched soon at the Traffic Directorate headquarters to monitor…

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Qatar MoI warns motorists against mobile radars, Here are the locations

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has warned motorists about deployment of mobile radars to monitor vehicle speeds. The ministry in a tweet said that today (15 Feb) Shamal Road, Salwa Road, Al Khor Road and Al Rafaa Street will have mobile radars, wherein motorists will be under watch for speeding. Mobile radars are located today, Wednesday 15 Feb, at Shamal road, Slawa road, Al-Khor road & Al-Rafaa street. Have a safe drive.#MoI_Qatar — Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) February 15, 2017 Yesterday, the ministry had said that it will update regularly on its social media page about mobile cameras installed on various locations Qatar To encourage public, to adhere to specified speed limits, we will be updating you regularly locations of mobile radars. #MoI_Qatar — Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) February 14, 2017 “To encourage public, to adhere to specified speed limits, we will be updating you regularly locations of mobile radars,” the tweet…

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Qatar bans motorists from smoking while children are in the vehicle

Qatar has introduced a new law that bans motorists from smoking while in a vehicle with an underage occupant. According to the new law, a person who smokes while driving a vehicle which has an occupant under the age of 18 is punishable with a maximum fine of QR3,000. Other legal restrictions on smoking Smoking is banned inside closed public places. Sale of tobacco, its derivatives or cigarettes at a distance of less than 1,000 metres from schools and other education or training centres is prohibited. Plantation of tobacco in Qatar, in addition to its manufacturing or the manufacture of its derivatives, either by blending it with other substances, or packaging it in any form for any purpose such as circulation and sale is banned. Each packet of tobacco, its derivatives or cigarettes must show an expiry date, and the warning and images of its harmful effects determined by the department…

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One year jail, QR 5000 fine for clicking, sharing accident photos

Qatar’s State Cabinet has referred to the Advisory Council the amended Penal Code, which includes penalties for clicking and sharing photographs of accident victims. The decision was taken at the ordinary meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Emiri Diwan, on Wednesday. Punishment for taking photos, videos or sharing them The official Qatar News Agency reported that the amendments include punishment for those found clicking pictures and recording videos – and sharing/transferring them – of accident victims (injured or deceased) “through devices of any kind in unauthorised cases”. The amendments to the Penal Code, promulgated by Law No 11 of 2004, are aimed at prohibiting the widely prevalent practice of sharing accident victims’ pictures, mostly on social media platforms. Up to one year jail and QR 5,000 fine According to earlier reports, Article 333 of the law states that “whoever…

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Qatar traffic department simplifies accident procedure

Qatar’s traffic department has made life easier for people who get involved in traffic accidents. Now you can go straight to the insurance company and complete all procedures in one go. The General Directorate of Traffic opened five traffic investigation offices at insurance companies in order to simplify the procedures for motorists, who are involved in traffic accidents. Here is how the new system works : 1. Parties go to the insurance company People involved in accidents can now directly go to the insurance company of the person who caused the accident and approach the traffic investigation office there to register the accident. 2. Investigators register the accident Traffic investigators deployed at insurance companies will register the accident electronically through the tablet PC they are provided with and take the picture of the accident and communicate directly with the insurance companies. 3. Insurance company will be notified Once it’s registered, the other…

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Coming soon : New device to detect mobile use while driving

Most people have heard of breathalysers – a gadget used by police to detect whether a driver has been drinking alcohol before taking to the wheel. A new device, named as ‘Textalyser’, is being introduced to help police gauge if someone was using their mobile phone while driving at the time of an accident. Using the device, police would be able to scan suspect’s phones to determine whether they had sent messages or made calls at the time of the crash. The best thing about this device is that it won’t reveal any personal information of the mobile user, such as the contents of texts or calls. The textalyser is a device that looks at the metadata on a phone to see if it was used recently. This method ensures that messages, contacts, photos, and so on are kept private. “The ‘Textalyser,’ will help the authorities to know whether mobile phone…

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Indian expat gets jail, fine for driving drunk, jumping red light

A Doha Criminal Court has sentenced an Indian expatriate to three months in jail for jumping a traffic red light. The court also fined him a sum of QR10,000 and suspended his driving license for a month, Gulf Times has reported citing a news on Arrayah daily. According to report, the defendant was driving at night when he recklessly jumped a red light on the D-Ring road and narrowly escaped a fatal accident. A policeman saw the incident and stopped him. Immediately, police patrols came to the site and the man was arrested. A blood test proved he was drunk. At the interrogation, the defendant admitted driving while being intoxicated. Similar incident in the past In 2014, a Qatar court had sentenced an Indian Muslim to 40 lashes and ordered the suspension of his driving licence for two months for consuming liquor and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was found under…

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50% discount on traffic violations extended for three more months

The period of the 50 per cent discount on fine for violations has been extended to another three months, The Peninsula has reported. According to the report, Qatar’s traffic officials told “Al Sharq portal” that they are extending the period of the 50 per cent discount on fine for violations to another three months till July 7, 2016. The three-month offer will cover the violations which were registered before 2016. This relaxation is not applicable to the violations which are committed this year; for them the discount is only for one month from the date of committing violation. In January, the General Directorate of Traffic said that all violations registered before December 31 would get 50% discount if the motorists paid them by April 7. “The deduction is available for all types of traffic fines, including radar recorded violations, bookings by traffic policemen and vehicle impounding,” it said. “This opportunity is…

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