The Qatar ID number of the motorist involved should be noted down while registering traffic violations, according to a circular issued by the Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior.
In case of a traffic violation, the driver should be stopped first and the offence should be recorded against his ID number, not against the registration number of the vehicle.
According to media reports, the decision has been taken to ensure that the offender is the person driving the vehicle at the time of the violation, who may or may not be the owner of the car.
Vehicle owners often go to the Traffic Department with the complaint that they were issued violations even though they were not driving at the time of the offence or were outside the country, the report adds.
Not applicable to all violations
Some violations, though, have been excluded from the purview of the new rule on noting down ID numbers. These include :
- unauthorised parking in slots meant for the handicapped
- vehicles blocking public roads
- vehicles being left without a motorist