Driving Rules and Regulations in Qatar

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Driving Rules and Regulations in Qatar
Got your driving license! Really excited to drive across Qatar?
There are certain rules and regulations everyone should follow while driving in a developed country like Qatar. Make sure you know and follow them quite humbly.
Even if you hold a valid license to drive in Qatar, before you start driving, make sure you have a clear knowledge about the roads, traffic rules, regulations, and other important aspects concerning driving in Qatar. 
The Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department, located on Khalifa Street, Madinat Khalifa is handling everything related to vehicle license and traffic violations stringently.
Moreover, all the roads and junctions are under CCTV surveillance. Hence, it is critical to follow their rules and guidelines to avoid any consequences regarding driving in the country.
Here are some regulations to be followed:
  • Should be 18 years old and above to be allowed to drive.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Car registration, to be renewed annually.
  • Everyone must wear seat belt.
  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed to sit in front of the car.
  • It is illegal to talk on the phone while driving
  • It is illegal to drive while drunk.
  • All the proper documents should be in the vehicle at all times.
Most noted traffic violations include
  • Over speed.
  • Using Mobile Phone while driving.
  • Driving without a valid license.
  • Breach of parking laws.
  • Driving without a seatbelt.
  • Wrong side driving.
  • Drunk driving and more.
  • Driving a vehicle that is not registered.
The driving license in Qatar is based on a point system.
For each traffic violation, the driver will collect points that lose the life of the driving license. Once you reach 14 points, your license will be suspended for the next three months.
However, repetitive violations can result in long term license suspension and even cancellation of license.
While driving during rain or fog 
  • Focus on road conditions.
  • Do not sudden brake, as it can result in accidents.
  • Try not to drive through flooded roads, as your vehicle’s engine may get stuck with water.
  • Do not use high beam or hazard headlights.
  • In fog, use fog lights to improve road visibility.
  • Make sure your wipers and tires are in good condition.
  • Keep your car in good operating condition.
  • Fill your fuel tank and keep tires at normal pressure.
  • Carry drinking water, tool kit, recovery rope etc.
Hope you got a clear picture of  how to drive around Qatar, decently