MUSCAT: The Muscat Municipal Council has agreed to address the Inspector General of Police and Customs to intensify monitoring on expatriates who are using their privates cars for public transport. In its meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Mohsin bin Mohammed al Shaikh, the Municipal Council also agreed to address the relevant bodies to study exemption from licence renewal free for motorists who abide by safety regulations and who never commit traffic violations.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Municipal Council members welcome the new members chosen by the people of opinion and consultation, Hatim bin Hamad al Taei, who took the oath before the council. The council also decided to study cancellation of manual-only driving tests for males and leave the choice for male applicant to choose either manual or automatic gear for driving test. Also under study by the council is a proposal for a written test for licence applicants and inclusion of a curriculum containing code of conduct for motorists.

Addressing the Municipal Council meeting, Dr Fatima bint Mohammed al Ajmiya, Director-General of Health Services in Muscat Governorate, said that respiratory diseases, cancers and heart diseases are responsible for 63 per cent of deaths and that diabetes is spreading by 13 per cent and the number of diabetics cases in Muscat has increased by 1,200.

There are 308 diabetes-related kidney failure cases, Al Ajmiya said adding that a report by technical committee has revealed 16 medical errors last year.

The Municipal Council agreed on a draft administrative decision regarding shaded car parks in front of houses whereby the fee for shaded parking has been reduced to RO 30 from RO 50, which will continue to be effective until the proposed amendments to the local order No 1/2003 are carried out.

The council discussed the recommendations proposed by the team tasked with studying traffic jam in Darsait area in the Wilayat of Mutrah. The team has recommended reduction in the number of students at Indian schools and apply a ceiling on admissions every academic year.


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