UAE denies considering plans to restrict expatriate driving licenses

Published:  7 Apr at 6 PM
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Tagged: Dubai, UAE
Following a ban on the issuing of Qatar driving licenses to expat labourers, the head of Dubai Police’s traffic division has denied that the emirate is considering restricting expat driving licenses.

Maj.Gen. Mohammed Saif al Zafeen assured local media that there was no plan to cut back on driving licenses issues to expat workers in the emirate, saying that everyone should have a right to drive legally. He added that the only change to driving regulations at present is the already approved move to lower the legal driving age to 17 years.

The lowering of the legal age, he said, is aimed at reducing the number of young people driving without parental permission and without licenses. An advisory committee in Qatar recently announced a review of driving policy in order to reduce traffic congestion in the small country, and many expats are concerned that a similar review might be ongoing in Dubai.

Chief of Dubai’s Emirates Driving Institute Robert Hodges has welcomed Al Zafeen’s comments on behalf of expat drivers in the emirate, agreeing that everyone should be able to drive legally. Obtaining a driving license, he said, allows the individual to benefit both themselves and the country as it’s a major enabling factor in 21st century life.
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