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Qatar Traffic Department says NO New Traffic Fines

Traffic fine rumours squashed
Web posted at: 1/12/2010 5:13:28
Source ::: The Peninsula / BY MOHAMMED IQBAL
BY MOHAMMED IQBAL

DOHA: As rumours continue to circulate about a steep hike in traffic fines, a senior official of the Traffic Department has clarified that such reports are totally baseless and there is no change in the traffic law.

Over the past month, e-mail messages have been circulating about a new “traffic violations law” with a detailed list of new fines for different violations. Though the messages appear to be a fraud at the very first look, they have been widely circulated, causing confusion among the public.

“The Traffic Department is dealing with all violations as per the current traffic law, without any change or amendment,” said Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, Director of the Traffic Department, while denying the reports spreading through mobile phones and the Internet.

The email message about the “New traffic violations law — October 2009” gives a comparative list of the “new” and “existing” fines. Anyone who is aware of the current law would immediately realise that the message is fake, since many of the existing fines mentioned in it are incorrect.

For instance, it says that the “fine for using a mobile phone while driving” has been raised from QR3,000 to QR10,000, whereas the existing fine for this violation is QR500. Similar is the case with most of the other violations.

Only a naïve person would believe this message when it says that the fines for most violations have been raised from QR10,000 to an incredible QR50,000.

Despite all this, the message has been circulating fast as people forward it to others without thinking much about the content. The Peninsula has received a number of calls from people seeking a clarification on this matter.

A resident said he had seen the same message displayed prominently at a work site in the Industrial Area a few weeks ago.

An expert from the Traffic Department told The Peninsula yesterday that he had been receiving a number of queries from people about the issue.

“It is surprising that people go by such rumours. Anyone would know that if there is a major change in the traffic law it would be announced through the media by senior officials,” he added.

It has been pointed out that many residents don’t have easy access to authentic information about the traffic law since an official English version of the law is still not available.

January 12, 2010 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Crime, Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Law and Order, Lies, Living Conditions

4 Comments »

  1. It would be a great help in Doha to have these fines listed in the newspaper. Too many unknowns here sometimes.
    Thank you

    Comment by Wendy Jones | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Wendy, rumors float and then sometimes nothing happens. Like they may be about to publish new fines, but then maybe they get too much criticism and they back down or something. Or suddenly new traffic laws are in force, but it is like the soft openings of the new stores; they sort of try them out before they start publicizing them . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. hello please i dont know.gow will see trafic
    Voilution i requist to qatar trafic dept.thanks lot.

    Comment by purna sing lama | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  4. good news share news cover pensula and trafic dept thanks for .

    Comment by purna sing lama | April 8, 2014 | Reply


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