Ex­pats to re­new driv­ing li­cences ev­ery two years from March 1: ROP

New driv­ers will be is­sued only tem­po­rary driv­ing li­cences valid for 12 months

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Our Correspondent

From March 1, new driv­ing li­cences is­sued to ex­pa­tri­ates will have to be re­newed ev­ery two years, the ROP an­nounced on Mon­day.

How­ever, ex­pats who cur­rently have li­cences valid for ten years will have to re­new it only af­ter the ex­piry of their cur­rent li­cence. The an­nounce­ment was made at a press con­fer­ence by Brig Gen Eng Mo­hammed bin Awadh al Rawas, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Traf­fic on Mon­day.

Other changes in­clude the in­tro­duc­tion of a black point sys­tem for new driv­ers. New driv­ers in Oman will be is­sued tem­po­rary driv­ing li­cences for 12 months un­der a pro­ba­tion scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to the ROP, driv­ers who get more than ten black points on their tem­po­rary driv­ing li­cences will have to take more driv­ing lessons.

Tem­po­rary driv­ing li­cences will be ex­tended by only one year for a new driver who earns more than seven black points in a year.

How­ever, Omani driv­ers who do not get more than six black points dur­ing the pro­ba­tion pe­riod will be is­sued a driv­ing li- cence valid for ten years.

Us­age of seat­belts has been made manda­tory for all pas­sen­gers in a vehicle. ROP has said that all pas­sen­gers in­side a vehicle will have to wear seat­belts, in­clud­ing those sit­ting in the back­seat.

Cur­rently, it is com­pul­sory for only pas­sen­gers sit­ting in the front seats to wear seat­belts. Also, child re­straints have been made manda­tory for chil­dren un­der four years.

Other changes in­clude hefty penal­ties for se­ri­ous traf­fic of­fences. There has been an in­crease in fines for 52 of­fences in­clud­ing a hike in the penalty for park­ing in spa­ces meant for the dis­abled, which has been in­creased from RO10 to RO50.

Truck driv­ers over­tak­ing other ve­hi­cles will also have to pay a fine of RO50. A fine of RO50 will also be im­posed on driv­ers [in­clud­ing women] who cover their faces while driv­ing.

In a new devel­op­ment, women will also be al­lowed to drive taxis from March 1.

In­set: Brig Gen Eng Mo­hammed bin Awadh al Rawas speaks at the press con­fer­ence on Mon­day

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