No change in legal driving age

indexDubai: The legal driving age in Dubai will remain 18, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official said on Monday.

Responding to a media report on Monday, Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said that RTA hasn’t agreed to lowering the age limit required to drive in Dubai, adding that it is not authorised to specify the age limit to acquire a driving licence.

“UAE’s Federal Traffic Law specifies the age limit for driver licence applicants and RTA is only responsible for executing the law and regulating the driver licensing process,” said Behroozian, reacting to the report.

According to the law, the legal age to drive in the UAE is 18. However, a person can begin his or her driver training at 17 years and six months.

Behroozian said that the RTA does not favour reducing the minimum age set for driver licence applicants as it is contrary to the principles of traffic safety.

He added that the RTA calls for introducing greater controls and more stringent measures to the driver training programmes in order to make roads safer.



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