Calls to raise UAE age to drive to 21 amid increasing accidents among young
The head of Dubai Traffic Prosecution has called for the minimum age to obtain a driving licence to be raised amid a "disproportionate" number of fatal crashes involving young Emiratis.
Salah Bu Farousha called for the minimum age to be raised from 18 to 21 after raising concerns about the high number of young drivers who have died in accidents this year, Dubai daily 7Days reported on Wednesday.
He said that 10 out of the 120 motorists who have so far died on the country's roads in 2009 were young Emiratis.
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Sam Oct 15, 2009 04:39 pm
I completely disagree. Kids these days are often driving anyway. Also, an 18 year old driving i much better than a 70 year old driving. Didn't you hear about the car crash 16 year olds had in Ras Al Khaimah. That was because they needed to drive as driving is a necessity in the UAE. There are still no real forms of public transport. Only 10 out of 30 metro stations met the deadline and the idea that the driving is going to be raised FURTHER is absurd. The EU has a driving age of 18 and many states in the US have a driving age of 16. Both these places are have safer roads than the UAE.
Pavitra Sep 28, 2009 04:03 am
This is really a good move. And should be enforced as soon as possible. 18 is too young for a kid to be using powerful engines to drive themselves into danger.
ian m Sep 25, 2009 07:44 pm
Why are they picking on the under 21 ones? They have little to do over here anyway. The main problems are from driving indiscipline from the many nationalities. I see total incompetence from labour bus drivers and the hoards of people driving who have no idea of lane discipline. Why do they not target people who drive with defective lights and those even without lights on? Speed limits should be more appropriate to the size of the road. Note in the USA speed limits have risen over the last few years. The speed limits out on the open road should be set higher, as drivers would follow the lower speed limits in urban areas.
Ahmed Al Madhi Sep 24, 2009 06:29 am
Thank you Dubai Traffic for your constant foresight.
I completely support this decission!
Many of our children are taken away at such a tender age beacuse of car accidents. the numbers are shocking and sad. After the US, the UAE has the highest Road Traffic Related Death rate!
If anything, they should riase it to 23!