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Qatar Implements Strict Traffic Regulations, Restricting Travel for Offenders

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Qatar has announced a comprehensive set of measures that will come into effect on September 1 to enhance road safety and enforce traffic discipline. 

The decision, unveiled by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) through the General Directorate of Traffic, aims to curb traffic violations and ensure compliance with the law.

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At a press conference held on Wednesday, May 22, the Ministry outlined the new regulations, which include stringent penalties for individuals with outstanding traffic fines. 

Under the new rules, offenders will be barred from traveling outside the country by land, air, or sea until all fines and payments are settled.

To facilitate fine payments, the Ministry has provided multiple channels, including the Metrash2 application, the MOI website, traffic sections, and unified service centers. 

Furthermore, in a bid to incentivize compliance, the Ministry is offering a 50 percent discount on traffic violations from June 1 to August 31, 2024. This discount applies to violations accrued within a three-year period.

Effective immediately, vehicle owners in Qatar must obtain a permit from the General Directorate of Traffic to leave the country. 

This permit necessitates a clean recordwith no outstanding traffic violations. Additionally, the applicant must specify the final destination for the vehicle. 

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Exceptions to this requirement exist for certain vehicles, such as those bound for GCC countries or involved in goods transport, provided they meet specific criteria and have no outstanding fines.

Moreover, Qatari-plated vehicles outside the country must return within 90 days unless a permit is obtained. Failure to comply may result in legal repercussions, including administrative impoundment for up to 90 days.

Foreign vehicles in Qatar are also subject to scrutiny, as they must undergo technical inspection before renewal. 

Failure to do so within 30 days will lead to license plate returns and traffic penalties in accordance with Qatari law.

In addition to these measures, buses carrying over 25 passengers, taxis, and limousines are now prohibited from using the left lane on road networks with three or more lanes in each direction, effective immediately. 

This move aims to streamline traffic flow and reduce congestion on major thoroughfares. Delivery motorcycle riders are also subject to specific regulations, with a mandate to use the correct lane and adhere to designated routes. 

Violations may result in legal action and referral to the Public Prosecution. These comprehensive regulations reflect Qatar’s commitment to fostering a safe and orderly traffic environment. 

By incentivizing compliance and enforcing penalties for violations, authorities aim to instill a culture of responsibility among motorists, ultimately enhancing road safety for all.

With the implementation of these measures, Qatar reinforces its stance on traffic discipline, signaling a concerted effort to prioritize public safety and well-being on its roadways.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members

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