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Workers can’t apply for driving license

Workers can’t apply for driving license

The Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) has come up with a new solution to curb traffic congestion: driving licenses will not be issued to certain categories of expatriate workers.

But many driving schools are confused with the word “workers” and are unsure as to which employees fall under this category. Al Khebra Driving School told JustHere that they received the notice three days back. “We were told that a person whose Qatar ID states their occupation as “worker” in Arabic will not be granted a driving license. But we don’t know about workers who are under personal sponsorship,” said the staff.

According to a report in Gulf Times, the Traffic department has informed all driving schools in the country to not issue driving licenses to workers sponsored by ministries, government and semi-government organisations and private companies. The vehicles such workers will not be permitted to drive include private light vehicles, all types of heavy vehicles, equipment and machinery.

One of the stated aims of this move is to prevent workers operating private taxis as a means of earning an extra income. Low-income workers, who cannot afford to buy new vehicles, are said to opt for old vehicles that have not passed the technical inspection, with no valid registration. To avoid this scenario, and the patronising of private taxis, the department has requested companies to provide transportation for its workers.

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