Most Nepalis fail driving test in Qatar
Dec 13, 2014-
Most Nepali migrants who go to Qatar to work as drivers have been compelled to return home after failing driving test. Although the Nepalis manage to pass the practical test, most fail to pass the written exam.
“I could not pass as I had a hard time understanding the traffic signs,” said Dhan Bahadur Gurung of Itahari. Gurung had worked as a driver in Jhapa for five years before arriving in Qatar to work in the field that he believed had the most experience in.
“The language is the primary impediment for us, Nepalis,” Gurung said.
The process of acquiring driver’s licence in Qatar costs around Rs 100,000, which is a lot of money by Nepali standards.
“It costs 6,000 Riyals only to attend the 45 days driving class,” said Dipendra Bhandari of Chitwan. He has failed the driving test for four times already.
Many Nepali migrants, who are in Qatar to work as drivers, are living without any job, some for more than six months.
“I have been frustrated after being unable to pass the driving test,” said Santosh Tamang, who hails from Dhankuta. He said that he had been a taxi driver in Kathmandu for three years before coming to Qatar.
“The number of Nepali migrants reaching the embassy with the complaints regarding the matter has been increasing by the day,” said Lilanath Dahal, labour attaché at the Nepali Embassy . “These people are the victims of their manpower agencies who, in turn, charge exorbitant fees before sending them here, assuring that obtaining driver’s licence is really easy.”
Most of the Nepalis fail their practical test on lane discipline and traffic signals. “Even if one manages to pass the theory exam, they fail the practical,” said Dinesh Basnet, a driving instructor. As the Qatar government has taken stringent measures in order to prevent road accidents, driving tests are tough.
Published: 14-12-2014 09:23