Sharjah driving licence ban for low-paid workers
In what amounts to a restriction of personal freedom for people of limited income, UAE’s Sharjah traffic agencies have enacted a ban on issuing driving licences for people in jobs that fall in 100 categories. According to Gulf News, the ban will affect nurses, cooks, carpenters, housemaids, watchmen, tailors, cafeteria waiters, unskilled labourers, gardeners and bakers, among others. The paper confirmed that only Sharjah is implementing the rule.
The newspaper article says applications to open a driving licence file are already being rejected for those unfortunate enough to be in these low-paid professions. Apparently, this law is part of a grand scheme to reduce traffic, along with the ban on older cars. In our opinion, a natural extension of this law would be to ban college students from driving too, but that’d just anger parents of those rich kids who go to class in brand new luxury cars. It is easier to make those poorer workers bend over.