Qatar said to mull driving licence ban for more expats

Move promises quick fix for growing traffic congestion.
Qatar would like its roads to look more like this.
Qatar would like its roads to look more like this.

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Qatar is reportedly mulling an extension to plans to limit the number of driving licences issues to expats following last year's ban on labourers.

The Gulf state's Advisory Council is seeking quicker action to address traffic jams in the city and has recommended a series of measures including a review of the current policy on issuing drivers’ licences to expatriates.

Last July, the Department of Traffic issued a circular ordering driving schools to no longer register labourers seeking to obtain a driving licence.

The State Cabinet has asked the National Committee for Traffic Safety to submit the findings of its study on traffic congestion in three months, Qatar daily The Peninsula reported, citing an Al Sharq article.

The committee has also recommended building more multi-storey parking facilities and promoting public transport to reduce the number of private cars.

The committee also recommended redistributing commercial facilities to reduce the congestion in certain parts of the city and encourage more schools to use buses to transport students, the report said.

Companies should be forced to provide buses to transport groups of workers, it added.

The government has reportedly set up a special committee to find quick solution to traffic jams with 138 traffic hot-spots identified across the city.

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