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

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

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

Other adjustments contain the introduction of a black point program for new drivers. New drivers in Oman will be issued short-term driving licences for 12 months below a probation scheme.

According to the ROP, drivers who get a lot more than ten black points on their short-term driving licences will have to take a lot more driving lessons.

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

However, Omani drivers who do not get a lot more than six black points throughout the probation period will be issued a driving licence valid for ten years.

Usage of seatbelts has been produced mandatory for all passengers in a car. ROP has stated that all passengers inside a car will have to put on seatbelts, such as these sitting in the backseat.

Currently, it is compulsory for only passengers sitting in the front seats to put on seatbelts. Also, youngster restraints have been produced mandatory for kids below 4 years.

Other adjustments contain hefty penalties for significant visitors offences. There has been an boost in fines for 52 offences such as a hike in the penalty for parking in spaces meant for the disabled, which has been elevated from RO10 to RO50.

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

In a new improvement, ladies will also be permitted to drive taxis from March 1.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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