13 Traffic Violations in Qatar That Can Land You in Jail

Most traffic violations in Qatar are tickets issued for minor offences – including tickets for speeding and parking violations. Usually these can be settled by paying the fine at MOI or Traffic Department.

But certain traffic-related offences can result in more significant fines, loss of driving privileges, or even imprisonment.

2 DECEMBER 2021 UPDATE: The General Directorate of Traffic has said what is being circulated regarding modifications and an increase in the value of traffic fines is incorrect. The Directorate has called on the public to obtain information from its official sources or through its accounts on social media.

Here are the types of violations that cannot be settled by paying fines and needs to be viewed by the concerned court:

Major Traffic Violations in Qatar and Their Fines


01. Driving a vehicle without obtaining a driving license or with a license that is not meant for the class of vehicle

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment for repeating the same violation will be a compulsory minimum Imprisonment of one week, a maximum of 3 years, a fine of a minimum QR 20,000 and a maximum of QR 50,000.
  • Three black points on the license

02. Giving a vehicle to someone who does not have a valid driving license to drive the kind of vehicle or to a person without a driving license or to a person who does not have any other permit required by the law

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled to the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.
  • Two black points on the license

03. Conducting races for men, cars or bicycles on roads without written permission from licensing authority or not complying with rules and regulations assigned by the licensing authority

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled by the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.
  • Three black points on the license

04. Carrying out construction or maintenance or destruction or making holes on roads that may obstruct traffic or risk the road users without permission from licensing authority. Or not putting the warning signs, and necessary caution boards and not following rules and regulations of licensing authority

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled by the minimum level in case of repeating the same violation.
  • Three black points on license

05. Violating customs and norms of public morality inside the vehicle or allowing somebody to do so

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled to the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.
  • Three black points on the license

06. Destroying traffic signs or any part of it or shifting it or changing its content or its information or its direction or damaging it or damaging the road

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled to the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.

07. Driving a vehicle on the road recklessly or carelessly or in a way that endangers the life of people and properties

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled by the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.
  • Four black points on the license

08. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any other mental stimulants

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled by the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.
  • Six black points on the license

09. Running away or trying to run away in case of an accident or when the police from the Ministry of Interior or anybody entrusted to implement the traffic law gives an order to stop.

  • Minimum imprisonment of one month; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000.
  • The punishment will be doubled by the minimum level if the same violation is repeated.

10. Obtaining or trying to obtain a vehicle’s registration card or new driving license during the suspension period of the original vehicle license or driving license

  • Minimum imprisonment of one week; Maximum imprisonment of one year; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 3,000 and maximum QR 10,000.

11. If the vehicle’s driver does not give necessary assistance when the accident occurs on the way and injures a person or more than one or does not inform the police immediately or moves the vehicle from the accident site without the police’s permission or moving the vehicle without the necessity to rescue the accident victims

  • Minimum imprisonment of one week; Maximum imprisonment of one year; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 3,000 and maximum QR 10,000.

12. The owner of the vehicle refusing to provide information to police about the name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of violation or providing false information intentionally

  • The punishment will be the same for the driver who violated that law according to article number (67).

13. Providing wrong information intentionally in any forms or applications to pass technical inspection (Fahes) or to earn a license or a temporary one or get a replacement for the lost one

  • Imprisonment of a maximum of 10 years. If the forgery was done by a public staff during his duty, he would be punished by imprisonment of 15 years at a maximum level according to penal code article no. (206).
  • Three black points on the license

NOTE: To keep updated about any traffic violations you might have made, you can install Metrash2 on your mobile or check violations online.

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