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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 kippreport
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.