Expats in Bahrain could be forced to pay BD500 for a driving licence

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EXPATRIATES in Bahrain could be forced to pay BD500 to obtain a driving licence under proposed amendments to the 2014 Traffic Law. The amendments also state that foreigners have to pay BD50 annually to renew the licences.

Expatriates currently pay BD20 – the same rate as Bahraini’s – to get a new driving licence issued for five years and upon renewal pay BD12. Those excluded from the increase in fees are expatriates registered as drivers and GCC nationals.

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Parliament’s foreign affairs, defence and national security committee yesterday recommended the amendments be approved by MPs, who will debate them in an upcoming session.

“Today, there are thousands of expatriates who don’t need vehicles that are getting licences and are using it to provide illegal taxi services,” said committee chairman Abdulla Bin Howail. “Those who need it and can afford the BD500 can get it, while those who don’t can use company or public transport, with expatriate drivers already being exempted from the new rates.” The GDN reported on October 25 that expatriates who have driving licences could be forced to pay BD50 monthly as road use fees under proposed amendments to the same law, while also excluding expats employed as drivers and GCC nationals.

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Under the proposal, expats with more than one car will also have to pay BD50 monthly for the additional vehicle.

Source Credit: Gulf Daily News

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