‘Not us­ing in­di­ca­tors while driv­ing an of­fence’

ORSA calls for in­crease in fines to in­still in driv­ers the im­por­tance of abid­ing by all traf­fic rules

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Shad­dad al Musalmy

The law re­quires ev­ery driver to use their turn sig­nal be­fore mov­ing right or left on a road­way. The law also re­quires that any sig­nal of in­ten­tion to turn right or left should be given in ad­vance be­fore turn­ing, an ROP of­fi­cial has said.

The of­fi­cial warned mo­torists that fail­ure to use ve­hi­cle in­di­ca­tors could in­vite a fine of RO15. “Us­ing in­di­ca­tors to switch lanes or turn left or right is manda­tory. A driver can be fined RO15 for fail­ing to do so,” the of­fi­cial told Mus

cat Daily.

The of­fi­cial em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of ad­her­ing to traf­fic rules. “Turn­ing into an­other lane sud­denly with­out giv­ing the other mo­torists any sig­nal could be dan­ger­ous. It is also im­por­tant that driv­ers use the sig­nalling de­vices ap­pro­pri­ately.”

Ali al Bar­wani, CEO Oman Road Safety As­so­ci­a­tion (ORSA) thinks some peo­ple take traf­fic rules lightly. “Traf­fic sign is the lan­guage of the road that helps peo­ple com­mu­ni­cate with each other. If they are well un­der­stood and com­plied with, dan­gers can be avoided,” he said.

“Turn sig­nals and brake lights are the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem of your ve­hi­cle that though re­quire no par­tic­u­lar skills to use, but timely and proper use could avert danger, es­pe­cially when driv­ing at high speeds,” Bar­wani said.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity also lies with the au­thor­i­ties who should not take these of­fences lightly. “Traf­fic of­fences need to be dealt with stricter pun­ish­ments,” he added.

There are many rea­sons why driv­ers do not use turn sig­nals. While some do not think it to be sig­nif­i­cant enough, oth­ers don’t con­sider it an of­fence.

“I don't use in­di­ca­tors too of­ten. For ex­am­ple, I don't have to put on the turn sig­nal when chang­ing lanes as I use the rear view mir­ror to check for a vehi- cle,” said Fuad al Farsi, a pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee.

Amour al Tauqi said he thinks turn sig­nals are im­por­tant but is not sure whether not us­ing them is an of­fence. “I drive daily and I see a lot of peo­ple who don’t use in­di­ca­tors. I am not sure if there is a fine for that. How­ever, I be­lieve they are im­por­tant. We should make it a habit to use them while on the go. You never know what could hap­pen.”

Cau­tion­ing mo­torists, the ROP of­fi­cial said that driv­ing is an art that re­quires tact and de­cency.

“By turn­ing on the in­di­ca­tor when re­quired you show re­spect to oth­ers driv­ers. Even a mi­nor mis­take could cost you a lot. For your own safety and the safety of oth­ers, slow down be­fore you turn, and use the in­di­cate prop­erly,” the of­fi­cial said.

Us­ing in­di­ca­tors to switch lanes or turn left or right is manda­tory. A driver can be fined RO15 for fail­ing to do so

ROP of­fi­cial

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