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New Qatar Traffic Violations and Fines

Update: LLOOLL, I went to and discovered that these “new” laws came out in 2007. These are great laws, deterrents to bad driving and aggressive driving, but the laws mean nothing without enforcement. Do I still see many many children sitting in the front seat? Are people driving while talking on their mobile phones? And not a word about one of the worst offenses these days – texting.

A recent study showed texting is even more dangerous while driving than talking on a mobile phone:

The crash risk attributable to texting is substantial. One possible explanation is that drivers who text tend to decrease their minimum following distance and also experience delayed reaction time. For example, in the Drews et al. study, drivers’ median reaction time increased by 30% when they were texting and 9% when they talked on the phone, compared with their performance in a driving-only condition.

Notwithstanding the safety risk of texting while driving, previous research by Drews and colleagues at the University of Utah — not to mention crash data and widespread legislation — makes clear that using a phone while driving is dangerous.

(To check my source, just click on the blue type, above)

We were talking about people who were saying “Qatar is the most dangerous place to drive in the world” and wondering where this is coming from? Most of us have driven in more dangerous places, but this is the new quote floating around, with no foundation, no statistics, no studies, at least not any I can find with a simple Google.

The topic of new laws came up next over Christmas dinner. New laws? New fines?

“I never saw a word about this in the paper,” I said, peevishly.

“Oh, didn’t I tell you?” said AdventureMan.

People who have been married a long time will understand the urge to kill . . .

Someone else jumped in,

“I think the different companies are passing it around. The Education Foundation has it. Some of the universities have it. That’s the way it is in Qatar, news of new laws filters out.”

LLLOOOLLL. News of new laws “filters out?”

I found it online HERE, at Team BPH and it looks exactly like the copy AdventureMan brought home yesterday, but there is no attribution. Who put this out? There is no kind of official marking on it at all.

IF ENFORCED, these laws would have a serious effect on Qatar traffic.

In theory, these went into effect in November 2009, just last month. Who issued these? Has there been any coverage in the newspapers? TV? How can people be held accountable for violating laws of which they are not aware? Or is this something one of the companies printed up, anticipating new laws?

December 28, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, Community, Crime, Customer Service, Doha, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Interconnected, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Qatar, Safety, Social Issues, Statistics, Travel


  1. Now I know why its been dark in Kuwait
    Your light has been missed
    Best wishes for your new life in Qatar
    I know, am out of touch, you know how married life can be at 1st 🙂
    So how would you compare the craziness of driving in Qatar vs Kuwait 🙂 that should be interesting

    Comment by Vinnie | December 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. LLOOLLL, Vinnie! You’ve missed my sunrises! 🙂

    There is no Chaos like the chaos of newly married life – getting to know one another, and learning to live a whole new life. Learning that not all families have the same rules and cultures – like do you close the bathroom door when you shower? Do you allow your husband to see you brushing your teeth? I think it was years before I went to bed without mascara – definitely post-baby, LOL! Alf Mabruk, all the best wishes for your marriage and your future. 🙂

    The roads in Kuwait are WAY crazier than here. Here they do some totally idiotic things, but they’re things you could do when Doha was small and it didn’t matter – going the wrong way on a one way street, etc. Now, while times have changed, there are some who still haven’t changed with the times, and some who don’t think the rules apply to them . . . hmm. . . . that sounds like Kuwait, too!

    But in Kuwait, there are faster roads and all those fatal wrecks! With the more transparent press in Kuwait, you know about the deaths and the paralysis and the damage, especially to young people, but in Qatar, the news doesn’t cover any of that. There are no horrible wreckages left along the side of the road in Qatar, as in Kuwait, along 30, and 40, and 50 and 55, and 60 . . .

    The traffic has increased dramatically in the time I have been living in or visiting Qatar, but here – I even drive at night. On the major thoroughfares, there are speed cameras, and people are paying attention!

    Both countries need traffic enforcement. 😦

    BE safe, sweet friend, and use your seat belts, and when those babies start coming, please put those precious babies in car seats.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2009 | Reply

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  4. I got notice of these new laws….An HR representative passed them along from above (someone at Qatar Foundation) along with a warning to be careful. Gee, thanks…

    Comment by AcadeMama | December 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. But AcadeMama – these rules came out in October 2007!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. What is the violation for overtakeing by big passenger bus.

    Comment by Ismail | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. What is the violation for overtakeing by big passenger bus.
    Give me a correct answer bcs most of my friends as a bus drivers they are very confisued about that.

    Comment by Ismail | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. LOL, Ismail, I haven’t got a clue what the penalty is. When I was in Qatar, everyone passed the big passenger busses! I didn’t think there was a penalty!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. is there any fine for earthmover equipment if the registration dosent renewed or theres nothing mentioned on the registration about its expiry as
    تسجل و لا ترخص

    Comment by ashraf | May 21, 2011 | Reply

  10. If my license is lost what shall i do? & if the commpany they gave as cope of license & traffick police the whant oregnal license what i can do? & if i want to now about my track vilation in ever month you can give me the resalt of my track? Mytrack number is 208533 plase reply.

    Comment by Mbwana hamza hassan | September 25, 2012 | Reply

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