UAE reviewing reduced legal age for driving

Policies and Strategies Council says some rules must accompany such a change

12 Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The legal age for obtaining a driving licence is under examination for possible reduction, the Policies and Strategies Council at the Ministry of Interior revealed on Tuesday.

It is yet to be decided what will be the new minimum age limit for obtaining a driving licence. The decision regarding the reduction of the legal age limit will be taken within a legal and procedural framework that ensures public safety.

The decision will help families who are reliant on individuals aged less than 18 to do household errands.

The meeting also discussed various proposals, and terms and conditions, including having a close relative in the car with teenaged drivers. The council discussed some of the regulations that may accompany such a change, like the provision of a speedometer capable of regulating and monitoring the vehicle’s speed.

The meeting was chaired by Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The current minimum age for driving is 18 years, but people are allowed to apply for driving licences at the age of 17 years and six months so that they can obtain their licence when they turn 18.


  • Zeeshan Ahmed

    Mar 20, 2013 6:39

    I think given UAE motorists' driving record, this would be one of the worst decisions to impact public safety.

  • akheel

    Mar 20, 2013 5:36

    the government has taken the right step in lowering the age for application of driving license as there are many families with upto 2 to 3 children and when both parents are working(as in my case)it really helps to carry on household tasks such getting your younger sibling from school,laundry,grocery shopping etc,it also lowers the pressure of running a household considerably on parents

  • Harib AlSheryani

    Mar 20, 2013 4:27

    I do believe that they should get their drivers permit at 16 years of age but under the condition when they get there driving permit the first two months they should be accompanied by an adult and after that two months they should be able to drive by themselves


    Mar 20, 2013 4:11

    Its a very good move for the families, good thought it will workout better for UAE's future also. As the age is lowered for families so they will have to accompany with the teen driver who passed the UAE driving tests. Regarding rash driving, mostly anyone will agree that experienced persons are the ones who also drive rashly for that the law & insurance is there to take care of it. Finally driving in UAE is must better than USA & UK but ofcourse the traffic is more there with more people

  • Sarim

    Mar 20, 2013 3:04

    Don't we already have enough reckless drivers on roads already?? I understand the desperation of young teenagers to drive and how they compare UAE with other countries,but it is not practical, it is a baseless comparison, because the system and way of living there is completely different. You would argue that the young drivers should be allowed to drive under the supervision of an adult, a very unrealistic statement, because since the person is already experienced on uae roads, they will not be hesitant to sneak out the car of someone they know.

  • Gerry

    Mar 20, 2013 2:39

    Why not? It's better to teach them and send them to driving schools than let them drive illegally on the road. Those juveniles driving on the road without license did not go through proper schooling so teach them at an early age, I'm sure with proper training and education they will learn good road ethics.

  • Not a fan

    Mar 20, 2013 2:27

    The reason why it is lower in other countries in comparison to the UAE, and it is OK for it be lower there, is because the drive ethic in those countries is very different from how drivers behave in the UAE. We can drive faster here because the roads are emptier and the traffic on motorways is not congested. I cannot imagine driving alongside 16 year olds, it would make the roads extremely messy. What they can do is have a different test for teenagers, so that if there are teenagers lower than 18 that can drive well, they can be allowed to, and the rest can try when they're 18.

  • Ahmad

    Mar 20, 2013 1:57

    I disagree with the majority of the comments here. A legal age should reduce the fines and also it can give the idea of responsibiliy to the young children who obtain these temporary license. It is not the young drivers who are in the report these days but the elders so please think again before what you type thank you. A little 30 mins traffic is too much to handle that becomes so annoying for some drivers they start speeding.

  • Anonymous

    Mar 20, 2013 1:30

    Why do people think age has anything to do with driving. People above 21 dont have accidents. Have you seen the statistics, Im sure that this is being reviewed. Driving age limit should be reduced to 16.

  • me me

    Mar 20, 2013 12:30

    Horrible idea! There are already too many accidents and inconsiderate drivers on the roads. If anything the age should be increased to 21. There should be stricter fines and sterner punishments for breaking motoring laws like speeding and tailgating. Our roads should be cleaned up and the standard of driving improved before looking at reducing the legal age.

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I think given UAE motorists' driving record, this would be one of the worst decisions to impact public safety.

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