A new video posted this week on the Ministry of Interior’s Facebook page illustrates clearly why drivers in Qatar should move their vehicles after getting into minor accidents. MOI writes:
“What will you do in case you got in involved in a minor accident, where there is no injury for any party and your vehicle can be moved? Start arguing with other party in the middle of the road by blocking all the traffic behind? Or would you move your vehicle to the nearest parking area and call police?”
In the past, the common wisdom was that motorists should leave their cars untouched so that police who arrive on the scene can determine culpability more easily.
But that was before Qatar’s population doubled to more than 2 million people. Now, residents who get into an accident that causes little to no damage or injury must move their cars to avoid causing unnecessary traffic backups – or face a QR1,000 fine and three points on your driving record.