In Qatar, traffic offenses are punishable by severe fines and imprisonment, as well as the addition of new rules and regulations to the traffic limit, as well as the installation of high-tech cameras and radar detectors. Qatar is one of the most economically developed countries in the Gulf, and Doha is its largest and most populated metropolis. The great majority of Qataris own vehicles. According to a 2010 survey, 226 people died in traffic accidents in Qatar. The Qatari government has traffic violation laws that are equivalent to those found in other nations. The new traffic laws, which featured a point system, come into force in November 2009.
If you disobey and cross a traffic red light in Qatar, you will be fined 10,000 to 50,000 QAR or sentenced to three years in prison, or both. For example, violating traffic laws and regulations can result in your license being withdrawn and you being imprisoned for an extended period of time. The government has employed advanced technology to detect flaws that violate traffic regulations in Qatar’s metropolitan districts. Fines for traffic violations can be paid online through official portals.
The following list of Rules is the Official of Qatar Government of November 2009.
|Fines and Penalties|
|Using Mobile Phone While Driving||QAR3,000 to QAR10,000 or up to 1-year imprisonment|
|Driving With No Authorized License||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Driving Under the Influence of Liquor||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Driving in the Opposite Direction of the Traffic Flow||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Escaping from the Accident Site||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Causing Sound & Air Pollution||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Exceeding the Speed Limit||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Not Wearing Seat Belts||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Allowing Children Below 10 y/o Sit in Front Passenger Seat||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Not Giving Way to Official Motorcades & Police Vehicles, Civil Defense & Ambulances||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Not Leaving Enough Space Between 2 Vehicles||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Motorcyclist Allowing Another Passenger Sit Behind Them (Pillion Riding)||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|Beating the Red Light||QAR10,000 to QAR50,000 or 1 Month to 3 Years Imprisonment or Both|
|First 14 Points||3 months|
|+ 12 Points (26)||6 months|
|+ 10 Points (36)||9 months|
|+ 08 Points (44)||1 Year|
|+ 06 Points (50)||Canceled License|
|Jumping the red light||7|
|Driving in the opposite direction||6|
|Driving under the influence of alcohol||6|
|Exceeding the maximum speed||4|
|Driving recklessly and dangerously||4|
|Driving with defective brakes||4|
|Driving with inappropriate license||3|
|Driving with stripped or invalid license||3|
|Violating norms of public mortality||3|
|Driving an unregistered vehicle||3|
|Driving a vehicle without number plates||3|
|Unauthorized changes made to number plates||3|
|Providing wrong information to pass the technical inspection||3|
|Blocking the flow of traffic intentionally||3|
|Driving a vehicle without a proper silencer||3|
|Driving a polluting vehicle||3|
|Driving a vehicle that leaks any material that can endanger the public safety||3|
|Driving on the embankment||3|
|Changing a vital part of a vehicle without written permission from the authorities||3|
|Making an unauthorized U-Turns||3|
|Giving the license to someone who has no license||2|
|Driving a vehicle with an unclear number of plates||2|
|Driving with only one number plate, or changing their shape or details||1|
|Refraining from giving driving license to traffic police||1|
|Trucks violating the width, length, or weight regulations of the vehicle||1|
|Driving a technically unsafe vehicle||1|
|Using lights, horns microphones, or other machines against the law||1|
|Disobeying traffic signs||1|
- The law stipulates that the driver and the front seat passenger should wear seat belts at all times.
- Cyclists should keep to the right side of the road and ride in on line.
- Motorcyclists are not allowed to ride on one wheel. Both cyclist and motorcyclists should wear helmets.
Note: The rule and fine could have changed meanwhile.