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GCC agree on common driving licence system

UAE also proposes electronic traffic data link

  • By Iman Sherif, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 May 30, 2011
  • Gulf News

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  • Roads and Transport Authority dedicates year 2010 to improve the driving skills by introducing several new measures including a new and improved driving curriculum.

Abu Dhabi: The GCC countries have agreed to a common driving licence system at a conference that took place Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

The three-day conference of directors of traffic departments from the GCC countries is being held to address common challenges, policies and procedures related to traffic issues.

"The UAE presented a proposal for a unified driving licence system. An agreement was reached to implement the suggestion of having a common driving licence for vehicles, including motorcycles, construction vehicles and private cars," Gaith Al Za'abi, director-general of traffic coordination at the Ministry of Interior, said.

"Further discussions will address other types of vehicles, including age and other relevant issues," Al Za'abi added.

The conference will also talk about the possibility of implementing a suggestion made by Oman for a unified form for driving licences containing sufficient background and security information to minimise fraud. "The agreed to procedures will be sent to the ministries of interior for a final approval," he said.

The UAE has also presented a proposal for an electronic web service or an electronic gate that links traffic data across the GCC countries.

"Some 70 per cent of the traffic exchange data among the GCC countries is related to fines. The e-gate will make this data exchange easier and accessible to the public. GCC residents can check online and pay traffic fines committed in any other country," Al Za'abi said.

Success rate

The directors agreed to hold the "GCC Traffic Week" at the same time yearly. They also assessed the success rate of previous traffic campaigns and agreed to maintain the successful ones. In the UAE the Emirates ID will soon be linked to the traffic department as well as the immigration and naturalisation department.

"With this linkage renewing residency means having to pay all outstanding fines or vehicle related fees such as registration, insurance, renting etc," Brigadier Hussain Al Harthy, director of traffic and patrols at Abu Dhabi Police, said.

Enforcing the speed limit helped reduce traffic accidents, according to Al Harthy. "Our procedures have helped reduce fatalities to 10 per 100,000 residents," Al Harthy said.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 14:54 May 30, 2011

    Positive move should have been done long back had to face driving license related issues when i moved from dubai to muscat last year. There are no dates mentioned wonder if there is any timeline.

    Syed, Muscat, Oman

  2. Added 13:42 May 30, 2011

    I think the driving learning system in UAE & Oman is par with (before2004) USA. but not all other GCC countries. You will find more accidents in UAE if this news is true.

    Narendra, Doha, Qatar

  3. Added 12:21 May 30, 2011

    This is great news regarding the Driving Licenses and also hopefully health records can also be accross the GCC. I have had to undergo lots of medical tests in less than 3 years because I have worked in Sharjah, Qatar, Al Ain and now Kuwait for short periods of time. I also now have a major expense having to get another new Police Clearance when I have not been in my country for the last 3 months. This holds up my residency and health benefits card with my employer and leaves me with no cover at all. If E-Gate can be introduced then why cant I not get residency here when I have had it 3 times before in GCC countries?

    Catherine Blackmore, Kuwait, Kuwait

  4. Added 10:55 May 30, 2011

    Though late, this is a good start which will benefit all the GCC countries to access and utilize the vital information / data for making life convenient. Thanks to the efforts behind making of it. As usual Regards, Nilesh Hatnolkar

    NILESH HATNOLKAR, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:27 May 30, 2011

    Introduction of Common GCC Driving Licence system is really great. This will be very usful to road users in GCC contries. Hope to introduce this soon.

    Reghuthaman P., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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