Starting from July 1, new drivers of all ages will get a two-year driving licence, according to new traffic rules issued by Lt. General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, reports Gulf News.
Driving licences will then be renewed for 10 years for citizens, and five years for expatriates.
Fortunately, the new rules won't affect existing driving licenses, legal experts advise.
Also, new laws will prevent patients with chronic diseases such as epilepsy and diabetes from obtaining drivers licenses, in an effort to curb road accidents.
Traffic licensing authorities will coordinate with health authorities to vet potential drivers.
“The move will reduce traffic accidents caused by drivers who are suffering from chronic diseases as these affect motorists’ ability to drive safely,” Major General Saif Al Zafeen, Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, said.