Qatar’s vehicles to have new-look number plates

September 13, 2010

Qatar’s vehicles will have new-look number plates as their permits are renewed, a senior official has said.

The earlier plan was to issue the new plates by the end of this year, but it has now been scheduled to be issued within a year.

On the new number plates, the state’s name will be embossed in English and the numbers in English will be larger than it is now.

“The new number plates will be provided while renewing the vehicle permits,” Mohammad Saad Al Kharji, the director of Traffic Department, said. “The background of the licence plates will be white and the numbers in black in English. On the left side there will be maroon colour, the colour of Qatar’s flag,” he said, quoted by Gulf Times.

Neighbouring Bahrain this year launched a ca campaign to change its car plates, making the numbers bigger and easier to be read.

In his press conference, Al Kharji said Qatar’s new rules traffic executive bylaws applicable since August 28 were “interpretation” of the 2007 Traffic Law.

“This includes automobile workshops, garages, showrooms selling and buying cars, rent a car offices, driving schools, car decoration shops and all other related subjects.” he said: “These regulations are to interpret the Traffic Law which has brought positive results in terms of reduced numbers of deaths and injuries as recorded by the Hamad Medical Corporation. It has also reduced the number of accidents and encouraged the people to comply with traffic rules and created a greater awareness among different segments of the society. People are following the law at a greater level even when they are not being watched by the traffic police.”

According to Al Kharji, the executive regulations have vested the Traffic Department with new powers. 

“The Traffic Department will have the authority to monitor and inspect car rent offices, car decoration shops, garages, automobile workshops and the standard of their compliance to safety and security standards of automobile spare parts.” 

He urged all these parties to abide by the law, to avoid fines and advised them to regularize their situations by contacting the Traffic Department’s technical section.

“Driving schools have been given a period of one year to apply the changes and cop up with the clauses of the executive regulations of the Traffic Law,” he said.

“The only point of concern they raised was related to the rule that stipulated two steering wheels in training vehicles.”

He said all the driving schools in the country have hailed the supervision of Traffic Department, “a measure aimed at raising the quality level of the schools”.

The executive regulations include several plans to have quality training in the driving schools such us introduction of theory classes for learners, Al Kharji said.

“The department has prepared a comprehensive theory curriculum which will be circulated to all driving schools. The trainees have to complete the theory classes successfully to join practical classes. The regulations also call for trained and qualified trainers.”

He said the Traffic Department would support the driving schools during the transition period.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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