By Staff writer
Transport authority says it is not going to start issuing driving licences to 16-year-olds
Dubai's transport authority on Monday denied a newspaper report that it is to begin issuing driving licences to 16-year-olds.
Following the media report, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) put out a tweet saying it denied agreeing to the move to lower the age of consent for driving in the emirate.
In October, it was reported that a Dubai Police senior official had supported the idea of granting driving licences to 16-year-olds.
Major-General Mohammad Saif Al Zaffin, chairman of Federal Traffic Council and assistant commander-in-chief of for Operation Affairs for Dubai Police said 16-year-olds are more mature now than 10 years ago, he was quoted as saying in Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm.
He said the teenagers are capable of driving a vehicle in an appropriate manner, and there is no reason for not granting them the licence.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.