To drive in Qatar, you must obtain insurance and a valid Driving License. Car owners are also required to register their vehicles, and renew the registration annually.
Motorists drive on the right side of the road. Traffic lights are common throughout Qatar. Speed limit signs are everywhere and should be followed strictly. The speed limit is generally between 60-100 kilometers per hour on most city roads. The maximum speed on highways is 120 kilometers per hour.
The government is committed to reducing traffic violations and road accidents. Radars and cameras can be found on many roads and intersections. Plain-clothed police officers may also observe traffic at roundabouts and on highways. Traffic violations include:
Fines vary in price from QR300-QR6,000.
The Driving License runs on a point system. Drivers may accumulate a certain number of points for each infraction. License suspension occurs after a driver reaches 14 points in traffic violations. The suspension period is three months. Repeat offenders risk facing lower point thresholds, longer suspension periods and ultimately, permanent cancellation of their Driving Licenses.
More serious violations may require a trial and could result in imprisonment and deportation in addition to hefty fines.