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Qatar said to mull driving licence ban for more expats

Gulf state is looking for quick solutions to growing traffic congestion; labourers handed driving ban last year

Qatar said to mull driving licence ban for more expats
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Qatar is reportedly mulling an extension to plans to limit the number of driving licences issues to expats following last year's ban on labourers.

The Gulf state's Advisory Council is seeking quicker action to address traffic jams in the city and has recommended a series of measures including a review of the current policy on issuing drivers’ licences to expatriates.

Last July, the Department of Traffic issued a circular ordering driving schools to no longer register labourers seeking to obtain a driving licence.

The State Cabinet has asked the National Committee for Traffic Safety to submit the findings of its study on traffic congestion in three months, Qatar daily The Peninsula reported, citing an Al Sharq article.

The committee has also recommended building more multi-storey parking facilities and promoting public transport to reduce the number of private cars.

The committee also recommended redistributing commercial facilities to reduce the congestion in certain parts of the city and encourage more schools to use buses to transport students, the report said.

Companies should be forced to provide buses to transport groups of workers, it added.

The government has reportedly set up a special committee to find quick solution to traffic jams with 138 traffic hot-spots identified across the city.

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jassim 6 years ago

Thats discrimination, isnt it?

Anand 6 years ago

Ban licenses of labourers who are barely able to afford their daily nutrition from driving their imaginary cars? Typically impressive thought process! The next logical step for easing traffic congestion is obviously to ban licenses of people who don't reside in Qatar. How about not planning infrastructure like baboons would? The irony of this article being published on April 1.

Anon 6 years ago

Pity Qatar and its miserable future.

Al-Hassim 6 years ago

They don't seem to consider "labourers" as human beings with equal rights to Qataris, do they?

Is this where the Football World Cup is taking place? Why are sponsors like Coca-Cola investing in such a nasty government?

Non-Muslimt 6 years ago

Qatar bans here, bans there, bans this, bans that.
Where will it end?
Qatar banning Qatar?
Not a big loss!

leya 6 years ago

its weakens of government decision, everyone knows that most of the qatar companies issuing visa ,irrelevant to expats, even myself engineer but having Labor visa, many of my friends too, how its possible on this country to separate the visa professionalism first?

pity Qatar

muffin erickson 6 years ago

Excellent...............especially the last 2 remarks.