Jail terms and hefty fines await drivers who phone or text while at the wheel. New traffic regulations in the Sultanate were imposed by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) this week.
Drivers who use mobile phones or electronic devices while on the road could face 10 days in jail or fines of RO300. This does not include those who go hands-free, using a Bluetooth headset or who wear headphones.
The zero-tolerance laws have been imposed to help reduce accidents on Oman’s roads.
Speeding motorists will also face stricter penalties.
According to Article 50 of the traffic regulations, motorists who drive recklessly or endanger the lives and property of others face 10 days’ prison and a fine of RO100. Depending on the offence, the culprit could get up to two years in jail and be fined RO3,000.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will get a minimum jail term of one month and a fine of RO400. The maximum penalty is now one year in jail and a total of RO1,200 in fines.
The new traffic regulations were unveiled by the ROP on August 4.