Delivery Riders Not Using Right Lane to be Penalised Starting 15 January
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that it will start penalising delivery motorcycle riders for not using the right lane of the road. This regulation is set to be activated from 15 January 2024.
The Ministry stated on its social media channels, ‘To ensure traffic safety and reduce accidents, the enforcement of monitoring violations for delivery motorcycle riders not using the right lane of the road will begin on January 15, 2024.’
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Following this, the Ministry also issued safe riding guideline for delivery motorcycle riders. These include the following:
- Use the right lane of the road
- Follow designated speeds and avoid overtaking
- Wear a helmet and maintain a firm grip on the handlebars
- Securely fasten the delivery box on the motorcycle.
In the first quarter of 2022, the Hamad Trauma Center (HTC) already treated more than triple the number of motorcycle delivery drivers (MDD) with serious injuries due to road accidents compared to the same period in 2021. The centre has provided care to 93 cases of motorcycle delivery drivers with serious injuries in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 29 cases during the same period in 2021.
HIPP Assistant Director Dr Aisha Abeid said there has been a steady increase in the number of MDD who suffered moderate to severe injuries since 2019.