Monday, 19 Apr 2021
The new rule that has made eye tests done at an authorised optical shop mandatory to obtain new or renew a driving licence has evoked mixed reactions from people across all sections of society. The rule comes into effect from October 1.

New rule of eye tests to be carried out at optical shops for driving licence evokes mixed reactions

The Directorate General of Traffic at the ROP has announced that the eye test can be carried out at any authorised optical shop across any governorate in the sultanate.

The rest of the procedures for the ROP to concern new or renew driving licences will stay the exact same at the respective site visitors departments, an official stated.

Citizens and expats took to numerous social media platforms to express their views and apprehensions relating to the rule. Commenting on ROP’s Twitter manage, Hamood al Raqadi wrote, “I hope that the eye test will be conducted in the health centres under the Ministry of Health of Oman.”

Adding to Raqadi’s comment, an additional social media user wrote that the Ministry of Health centres are often crowded. Some other individuals commented on the truth that the new rule did not specify a charge to conduct the test. “I wish the ROP determines a fee to conduct the eye test in these optical shops.”

There had been other individuals who hailed the selection and stated the authorities must monitor the optical shops to make certain transparency, although a single social media user complained about the want to go to two areas to get a driving licence. “I think the earlier rule was better as I had to go to just one place.”

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Talal al Dahli, a private sector employee, stated, “The decision of the ROP shows how the authorities are making efforts to facilitate licence procedures and get the cooperation of the private sector in reducing long waiting periods.”

Ali al Shayadi, a teacher, and Nasser al Hosani, a businessman, stated the selection is a optimistic a single. It will decrease congestion in police stations and will save time for individuals. Some other ministries, such as the Ministry of Manpower, as well have facilitated procedures by means of Sanad offices.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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