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UAE reviewing reduced legal age for driving

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

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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.



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

Zeeshan Ahmed

20 March 2013 19:48jump to comments