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what's with the new driving license law !!!

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what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:56 pm

How I got my license:

applied at a driving school, they tested me first, found out I could drive, gave me 7 lessons (the minimum), tested and Voila!

How people now get their licenses:

I went to apply for my wife, they said there's this new law that EVERYBODY, regardless if they can drive or not, have to take 40 classes !!!!!!!
That's like at least 2 months to get a driving license!

Any workaround for this?


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Re: what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:10 pm

I don't think we should criticise the cracking down on new drivers - the state of the driving in this city leaves a lot to be desired so anything that can be done to improve this should be applauded.



Re: what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:13 pm

40 classes seem excessive though. I think they should stress a lot on compulsory theory and road safety lessons and test people on this, but for someone who knows how to drive 40 practice driving lessons is too much. Just another way of making people spend money I guess. It's not because people don't know the technicalities of driving that there are accidents, it's because they show no respect for safety.


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Re: what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:27 am

I assume this doesn't apply to those moving to Dubai and already have a licence from their originating country (eg, UK) not to mention years of driving experience...??

I'm led to believe that all I need to do is apply for a Dubai licence and get things converted (though it might take around a month or so?) - no test required?


Re: what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:04 pm

Because the roads got so dangerous, they are only issueing licences directly to men now.

Women can apply, but will have to do a minimum of 40 lessons before being considered for a test - and most women will obviously have to do a further 40 lessons after failing each test.

It won't be popular but something had to be done as the local diligent taxi drivers were too often being run off the road by western women doing their makeup in white Prados.


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Re: what's with the new driving license law !!!

Post Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:39 am


Above is the current guidlines for International license holders from a number of mainstream western countries including the UK - This is the Abu Dhabi list, but Dubai is the same.

I would recomend you bring the new 2 part photo licence from the UK - I know of people who presented the old paper style licence and were refused.

For licence holders outside of the countries listed then yes, it is a bit more involved, including lessons and test. but the approved list has been expanded to include countries like S.Africa and Norway who previously had to go through the lessons etc.

You'll be just fine to exchange Chckinking, get your sponsor PRO to sort your licence transaltion and LoNO and he'll advise about your eye and blood test - (they're done onsite in AD, not sure about Dubai)

All the best


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