Slow Drivers Beware: Penalties for Dangerously Slow Driving on Qatar Roads

Slow Drivers Beware: Penalties for Dangerously Slow Driving on Qatar Roads By Darlene Regis - May 15, 2022
Slow Drivers Beware Penalties for Dangerously Slow Driving on Qatar Roads

Driving slow in the fast lane is going to cost you

Driving too slowly on a fast lane or driving in a way that hampers the movement of traffic on Qatar roads is dangerous and can land you with hefty fines.

Here is all you need to know about minimum speed limits and what it means to be a ‘road turtle:’

What Qatar Law is Violated for Slow Driving on a Fast Lane in Qatar?

According to Al Sharq, Lt. Col. Jaber Muhammad Odaiba, Assistant Director of the Traffic Awareness Department, explained that there is a set speed when driving on the third lane or fast lane, which is the far left on the street. Any vehicle driver who goes below the set speed without giving way to other vehicles is considered a violation of Article 53 of the chapter on the rules of commitment to speed indicated by the Traffic Law.

What are the Penalties for this Violation?

The value of the violation starts from QR 500 and may increase according to the type of violation.

How Do I Know What the Minimum Speed Limit Is?

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. 

Why Driving Slowly on a Fast Lane is Dangerous?

In a report by Al Sharq, citizens in Qatar have pushed for tightening the penalties for driving slowly and without justification on the third lane, of the street (also known as the fast lane), which is set at a rated speed. Concerns have been expressed that vehicles that run slow on the fast lane obstruct traffic, disrupt other vehicles, and may endanger the lives of road users and others.

Source: Al Sharq

By Darlene Regis - May 15, 2022

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