Oman’s new traffic law: Renew your vehicle registration for longer period 

Muscat: His Excellency Lieutenant General Hassan bin Mohsen Al Shariqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs, issued Resolution No. 61/2024 amending some provisions of the executive regulations of the Traffic Law. The new decision aims to update and develop some articles of the executive regulations to keep pace with current requirements and provide greater flexibility in traffic procedures. The decision includes replacing the text of Article 8 and paragraphs 2 and 5 of Article 39 of the executive regulations of the Traffic Law.

The comparison between the new amended articles and the previous articles to clarify the details of the amendments that took place to the executive regulations of the Traffic Law:

New Article 8:

The New Traffic Law: “The vehicle operating license is valid for one year from the date of registration or renewal, and may be for a longer period upon the owner’s request, provided that the vehicle is covered by insurance unless it is decided to inspect it annually in accordance with the provisions of Article (39) of these regulations.” An agricultural tractor operating license is excluded from the period requirement.”

Earlier: “The vehicle operating license is valid for one year from the date of registration or renewal, and may be for a period of (2) two years for government vehicles and vehicles of diplomatic and consular bodies and organizations accredited to the Sultanate of Oman unless it is decided to inspect them annually in accordance with the provisions of Article (39) of this law.” Regulations. An agricultural tractor operating license is excluded from the period requirement.”

Fundamental changes to Article 8:

Validity period: The validity of the vehicle operating license extends for one year, with the possibility of extending it for a longer period at the owner’s request, provided that the vehicle is insured.

Cancellation of privileges: The privilege that was given to government vehicles and vehicles of diplomatic and consular bodies was canceled by extending the validity of the license for two years.

Paragraphs 2 and 5 of new Article 39:

New law, paragraph 2: “The following vehicles are subject to technical examination upon registration and upon renewal of the vehicle operating license:

A – Commercial vehicles of all types, except for small trucks (pick-ups) and light passenger vehicles that have been manufactured for less than ten (10) years and are not used for advertising and publicity purposes.

B – Heavy government vehicles and equipment.

C – Taxis of all types, and school cars.

D – Buses of various types.

E – Cars and bicycles that were manufactured ten (10) years ago or more.

F – Vehicles of limited use, and small trucks (pick-ups) that have been manufactured for ten (10) years or more.”

Earlier: “The following vehicles are subject to technical examination upon registration and upon renewal of the vehicle operating license:

A – Commercial vehicles of all types, except for light saloon vehicles, which are not used for advertising purposes.

B – Heavy government vehicles and equipment.

C – Taxis of all types, and school cars.

D – Buses of various types, and small trucks (pick-ups).

E – Cars and bicycles that were manufactured ten (10) years ago or more.”

Key changes in paragraph 2:

New exceptions: Small trucks (pick-ups) and light passenger vehicles that are less than ten years old and are not used for advertising purposes are exempt from technical inspection.

Adding categories: Limited-use vehicles and pickup trucks that are ten years old or older have been added to the list of vehicles subject to technical inspection.

New law, paragraph 5: “Vehicles are subject to technical inspection in cases of changing or replacing their engine, structure, color, or any essential part.”

Earlier: “Vehicles are subject to technical inspection in cases of changing or replacing their engine, chassis, or any essential part therein.”

Key changes in paragraph 5:

New addition: The requirement to inspect vehicles when their color changes has been added.

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