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How do the new traffic violations compare with the old ones?

Atheer – Lawyer Salah Khalifa Al Muqbali

This week we will highlight the executive regulations of the new traffic law, issued by Decree No. (32/2018), under which Decree No. (23/98) has been amended. Here we compare the previous violations with the new ones.

Speeding Violations

Old law

Driving over the speed limit by 80 kilometres per hour or more: Category one, three points

New law

Driving over the speed limit by 75 kilometres per hour or more: Category one, three points

 

Old law

Driving over the speed limit by between 50 and 80 kilometres per hour: Category two, two points

New law

Driving over the speed limit by between 50 and 75 kilometres per hour: Category two, two points

 

Old law

Driving over the speed limit by between 35 and 50 kilometres per hour: Category three, zero points

New law

Driving over the speed limit by 35 kilometres per hour or more: Category four, zero points

 

 

Violations pertaining to overtaking

Old law

Overtaking in an area in which it is illegal to do so: Category three, zero points

New law

Overtaking in an area in which it is illegal to do so: Category one, three points

 

Old law

Overtaking on the hard shoulder: Category three, one point

New law

Overtaking on the hard shoulder or a traffic island: Category one, two points

 

Violations pertaining to driving

Old law

Fleeing the scene of an accident that lead to injuries or death: Category one, three points

New law

Fleeing the scene of an accident following completion of procedures: Category two, two points

 

Old law

Driving a car from outside of the Sultanate beyond the legal time frame: Category four, zero points

New law

Driving a car from outside of the Sultanate beyond the legal time frame: Category one, zero points

 

Violations pertaining to driving teachers

Old law

Teaching someone to drive without having obtained the appropriate license to do so: Category four, zero points

New law

Teaching someone to drive without having obtained the appropriate license to do so: Category two, two points

Old law

Teaching driving in a vehicle that is not licensed for this purpose: Category four, zero points

New law

teaching driving in a vehicle that is not licensed for this purpose: Category one, two points

 

Violations pertaining to safety procedures

Old law

Holding a mobile phone while driving: Category three, zero points

New law

Holding a mobile phone or other electronic device while driving: Category three, two points

 

Old law

Driving a motorbike without a helmet: Category three, one point

New law

Riding on a motorbike without a helmet: Category two, two points

 

Other Violations

Old law

Covering the face with a veil that obscures the identity of the driver: Category three, one point

New law

Covering the face with anything that obscures the identity of the driver: Category one, three points

 

Old law

Addition of an illegal device to the vehicle to increase the torque: Category two, zero points

New law

Addition of an illegal device to the vehicle to increase the torque or the noise: Category one, three points

 

Old law

Addition of modifications to the vehicle: Category three, zero points

New law

Addition of modifications to the vehicle: Category one, zero points

 

Old law

Applying tint to a vehicle over 30 percent: Category four, zero points

New law

Applying tint or colour to the window of a taxi or learner car: Category three, one point

 

Old law

Fixing a television to the dashboard or front area of the car: Category two, zero points

New law

Fixing an electronic device or phone holder to the dashboard or front area of the car for the use of the driver: Category three, one point

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