New driving licence rules in the UAE will come into effect from July 1, 2017.
According to new traffic rules issued by Lt. General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, new drivers of all ages will get a two-year driving licence.
The renewal of driving licences will be for 10 years for citizens, while expatriates will be entitled to renew their licences for five years.
The new rules will not affect existing driving licences.
Major General Saif Al Zafeen, Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, said: “The move will reduce traffic accidents caused by drivers who are suffering from chronic diseases as these affect motorists’ ability to drive safely.”
He added medical facilities will be linked to the traffic departments across the country, which will monitor motorists’ health and also allow sharing of the medical reports of all drivers.