The Transport Authority amended their policies on Friday to cancel the driving licenses of those who consistently violate traffic rules, particularly those pertaining to parking.
Only for violations such as dangerous driving might licenses be revoked or suspended, with unauthorized parking and driving subject to a fine, according to earlier guidelines. However, the authority’s new regulations assign 100 points to each license, which are deducted with each traffic offence.
The new traffic regulations demand a 5 point deduction for illegal parking, and a 10 point deduction for each time a driver disregards a one-way road sign. If a violation is repeated more than once, it will result in a deduction of 10 points. In addition, points might be lost for exceeding the speed limit. If this occurs more more once, the licence may be suspended for 48 hours, and if the driver is blamed for an accident, the license may be stopped for seven days.
The traffic regulations also state that if the points approach zero, the license will be automatically terminated. The license can be renewed after 180 days if it has been terminated. However, before acquiring a license, the individual must pass all of the required tests and procedures.
Furthermore, if a person is found driving while their license has been suspended, both the driver and the owner of the vehicle will be fined and the vehicle will be impounded for 15 days.
The new traffic regulations also allow foreign-obtained licenses to be used in the Maldives for 90 days. This regulation, however, does not apply to licenses earned in nations not recognized by the Transport Authority.