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Posted On: 5 May 2014 05:43 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Opinion divided over driving licence for teens

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Opinion is divided on the issue of granting temporary driving licences to teenagers (aged 16-18 years) in Qatar, according to a report in local daily Al Arab.

While some feel that issuing temporary licences to teenagers will lead to a rise in the number of road accidents and also end up reducing the study time of students, others are of the view that this helps families while they go for shopping and for taking children to school, the report said.

After ascertaining the opinion of a number of citizens on this issue, the daily found that some of those who did not see it favourably wanted the authorities to grant such licences only in “exceptional cases”, based on the needs of families and under strict safety conditions imposed by the Traffic Department and under the proper guidance of parents.

However, others said granting temporary driving licences to teenagers would help solve several issues — financial and psychological — faced by families.

These include transporting children to educational institutions without having to hire foreign drivers, who have to be given salary and housing at the family’s residence, as well as the fact that many parents may be busy with work or may face traffic problems while reaching a location.