Traffic Violations

Qatar is working hard to ensure that the roads remain a safe method of transport. Since many people from all over the world practice different driving skills, new laws were put in place to hopefully stop any accidents from occurring.

Decree No 19 of 2007, issued by HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said a driving licence may be suspended for three months when the total violations reached 14 points for the first time.

If the same person gathered 12 points again, his licence would be suspended for six months, nine months on the accumulation of the next 10 points and one year for the next eight points.

Ultimately, a driving licence may be cancelled if the same offender earned six points for the fifth time..
The penalty for using mobile phones while driving has been enhanced. The violator will have to pay a minimum fine of QR3,000 and a maximum fine of QR10,000. He is also liable for imprisonment up to one year.

Motorists who commit violations like driving with no authorised licence, driving under the influence of liquor , driving in the opposite direction of traffic flow, escaping from the accident site, causing sound and air pollution and exceeding the speed limit would be punishable by imprisonment from one month to three years or fined QR10,000 to 50,000 or both.

According to the new law, the punishment for the following offences are also the same as mentioned above : Not wearing seat belts, allowing children below 10 years sit in the front passenger seat, not giving way to official motorcades and the vehicles of the police, civil defence and ambulances, not leaving enough space between two vehicles and motorcyclists allowing another passenger sit behind them (pillion riding).

The law stipulates that the driver and the front seat passenger should wear seat belts all the time.

Cyclists should keep to the right side of the road and should ride in one line. Motorcyclists are not allowed to ride on one wheel. Both should wear helmets.

VIOLATION POINT SYSTEM

Offence Points taken
Jumping the red light7
Driving in the opposite direction6
Driving under the influence of alcohol6
Exceeding the maximum speed4
Driving recklessly and dangerously4
Driving with defective brakes4
Driving with inappropriate licence3
Driving with stripped or invalid licence3
Violating norms of public morality3
Driving an unregistered vehicle3
Unauthorised changes made to number plates3
Providing wrong information to pass the technical inspection 3
Using the vehicle for the wrong purpose3
Blocking the flow of traffic intentionally3
Driving a vehicle without a proper silencer3
Driving a polluting vehicle3
Driving a vehicle that leaks any material that can damage the road3
Driving a vehicle which drops loads which can endanger the public safety3
Driving on the embankment3
Making a wrong U-turn3
Changing a vital part of the vehicle without a written permission from the authorities3
Giving the licence to someone who has no licence2
Driving a vehicle with unclear number plates2
Driving with only one number plate, or changing their shape or detail1
Refraining from giving driving licence to traffic police1
Trucks violating the load conditions1
Trucks violating the width, length, or weight regulations of the vehicle1
Driving a technically unsafe vehicle1
Using lights, horns, microphones, or other machines against the law1
Disobeying traffic signs1