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Driving at 16

An official in Dubai has said that driving licenses should be given to 16 year olds; we may not want to use the roads if that happens.

October 25, 2009 4:04 by



Sixteen year olds should be allowed a driving license in Dubai, as it will serve as a “protection,” according to Major Gen Mohammad al Zafein, the director of the Dubai Police traffic department. The current age requirement for license is 18.

“To allow young people to drive at the age of 16 is a protection for them,” he told The National. He added that a driver should receive at least 100 hours of practical training. “They would have the appropriate knowledge and training of how to drive safely,” he said.

“Many teenagers drive their parents’ cars behind their backs or borrow their older siblings’ cars, making underage driving a problem,” he continued. “By allowing them to obtain a license after acquiring the appropriate knowledge, we are saving their lives.”

Kipp is not sure we agree with that logic. While it may work in some cases, we’re not certain all 16 year olds are ready for the responsibility of driving on the UAE’s roads. And if 16 year olds do start getting driving licenses, we might be investigating a long term Metro pass.



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16 Comments

  1. Dismanirie on October 26, 2009 7:26 am

    Extending driving licenses to 16 year-olds may indeed reduce the many cases of underage driving. If the penalties for underage driving are made harsher and applied without favour, then the introduction of a “junior” license, which calls for a minimum period of professional instruction and a test, will be a step forward.

    In addition, consideration should be given to applying further restrictions until the adult license exam is passed. These could include the need to be accompanied by an adult in the vehicle, restrictions on the type and horsepower of the vehicle that may be driven, and a curfew against driving between certain night hours. Any vehicle used by a “junior” driver must bear an identifying sticker (similar to the French A roundel for novice drivers).

    If the adult exam is failed, then the “junior” restricted license remains in place for a further six months, until a retest is undertaken.

     
  2. Mohammed Sulaiman on October 26, 2009 8:27 am

    I totally agree 16 year olds should be able to start driving. It will reduce underage driving and will exceed people’s knowledge in driving in the future.

     
  3. Mohammad A. on October 26, 2009 9:40 am

    16 year old’s driving a car on the roads might be considered a risky solution. This could only work If insurance companies have actual policies to prevent misuse of the car, example: insurance wont cover damages caused by acciddent If the driver is 16 and not acompnied by an adult with a valid driving permit. Its a good idea but people need to learn how to identfy the risk and keep a watch on thier young. The parents should be able to decide wethir the risk they are willing to take by letting thier young adults drive a car, they should be able to moniter thier activities and insure they abide the law. I have seen adults of 30 years of age driving like thier 7 year olds in dubai so i would not be suprised if a 16 year old can drive better! If those conditions are met then sure why not! or else I would consider the the long term metro pass.

     
  4. Me on October 26, 2009 9:42 pm

    This just in, Dubai has been confirmed as retards! Seriously, how the hell is dropping the minimum age making it safer. Run while you can people! Soon you’ll see 12 year old bus drivers!

     
  5. Marco on October 26, 2009 9:53 pm

    Ok Dubai is gettin on the wrong track i guess!! The metro has been already a big fail for RTA, lowering the driving licence to 16 would be even worste!
    In the latest weeks i noticed how Dubai traffic is starting to increase a lot again, due to people coming back for business after the last year chrisis! Now imagine allowing 16 and 17 years old kids driving around, they would just increase traffic even more than now!
    Not only the traffic is a problem, as in my opinion a 16 year old kid is not old enought to understand how to behave on the traffic, and respect other people on the road! They might behave during driving classes, but once out they would just make roads even more dangerous than now!
    If police is aware of the fact that underage driving is going on very often, why dont they increase sanctions for underage driving, isn’t it going against the law?
    I think Dubai police is making a very wrong decision, just to let them have less problems with teenagers!
    Why then don’t they lower drinking age to 18, as many teenagers use fake ID to enter clubs and have a drink?

     
  6. John Mohammed on October 27, 2009 4:30 pm

    I think this is a brilliant idea, as about 90% of the Arabs drive underage anyway.. It would mean that the younger generation would actually be educated on how to drive and have a proper awareness of the roads and good safety knowledge instead of a load of 16 year olds driving around in there parents cars behind there back, and alot of the time, not behind there back.. i am 16 myself and i have many friends my age who drive illigally, and many do not even have to proper skill of knowledge to do so, and therefore, in alot of cases, crash. This availability of a legal license has certainly been a great appeal to alot of people my age and i can see that it would definitly increase saftey on the roads as like i said, it would teach teens how to drive properly.

     
  7. Mohammad on October 29, 2009 9:32 am

    John, there are 14 year olds who drive as well. So this solution wont solve the problem as 14 year olds will be the new 16 year olds.

     
  8. Nour on October 30, 2009 9:44 am

    I would like to comment on the previous comment..In my point of view I think that 14 year olds drive, because they have to wait till becoming 18 to drive so they drive illegally. Getting a driving license at 16 won’t be that bad and won’t make 14 year olds drive illegally.

     
  9. Aisling on October 30, 2009 3:04 pm

    I think this is a great idea, but i have also heard it is for locals only and i highly disagree with that it is seperating the locals from everyone else, if 16 year old locals can drive why cant every 16 year old drive?

     
  10. kas on October 31, 2009 1:21 am

    I honestly think this is a good idea. Even though im nt even 16, because u dont really see that many 16 yr old drunks, even if you want to get into a club u hav to be 21 or older, so 16 yr old jus go to mall’s and hangout, most accidents happen with people above the age of 20, why because they drink alot.
    And this whole local only law is just very racist, so if you approve of 16 year old’s driving then I think everyone should be able to drive not just locals because even now locals under the age of 18 are driving and when they crash or have an accident they slip out of it, and their the drivers behind all of the under age accidents.

     
  11. Fas on November 3, 2009 3:47 pm

    I agree that the license should be lowered to the age of 16, im only 15 and i can say that i have taken my parents car at least 9 times all my friends have as-well. lowering the license should keep the roads saver from unexperienced teens driving recklessly. The government would benefit from this in many ways i have 2, they would make more money from salik and possibly us teens purchasing new cars would bring us out of the financial time. You know what they say kids are the future

     
  12. monther on November 3, 2009 6:00 pm

    is this only for locals or for all people???

     
  13. Ali on November 6, 2009 1:27 pm

    absolutely it wil be for all
    and i think its a suberb idea
    i think it will bring peace all over the dubai
    everyone will be happy to listen this news
    and dubai will make more money if they do this technique
    BELIEVE IT!!!!
    ITS VERY EXCELLENT FOR DUBAI

     
  14. OBAID on January 19, 2010 2:24 pm

    THE IDEA WHICH YOU THOUGH ABOUT IS AN EXCELENT AND WITH GOOD THINKING BECOUSE YOU SEE ALL OVER THE DUBAI THAT EVERY UNDERAGE BOYS IN 16 OR 15 TRYING TO STEAL THEIR PARENTS CAR AND AROUNDING HERE AND THEIR AND SUDDENLY ARRESTED BY CID AND POLICE AND GIVE THEM PUNISHMENT ..SO WHY SOULD WE NOT PROTECT THEM FROM THISE CASES..???IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THEM LICENCE THAT CAN HE/SHE GO ANY WERE WITHOUT WORRIES..THATS MY OPINION TO ALL OF YOU..THAT THISE ILLIGAL RULES YOU MAKE IT LEGAL.I THINK IT SHOULD BE PERFECT FOR STUDENT CAREER..

     
  15. Siddhant Ekale on December 7, 2010 9:05 pm

    This message of mine is directed to Road Transport Authority Dubai : I m really happy to see this news but since nothing shows that it is confirmed disappoints me i want to drive i can drive well i m 16 i m ready for any test just allow me to give some test get a license and please donot seperate this only for locals everyone wants to drive I m one of them and I m one of those who know how to drive cautiously I m allowed to drive in India though driving there is much more difficult so why not here?and my idea is not for friends its for family id have the pleasure of taking my family for a trip or a long drive please get in touch with me if possible any rta traffic authority official on whether this is possible asap

     
  16. Andrew on December 8, 2010 11:44 am

    Nope … not a single full stop in that entire paragraph.

     

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