MP Latheef requests parliament to alleviate individuals fined for driving without license

Chairperson of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and member of Henveiru west constituency, Hassan Latheef | Photo: Majlis

Male’, Maldives —The MP for Henveiru West constituency, Hussain Latheef presented the parliament with a motion requesting to provide ease for the children below the age of 18, or other people who were fined for driving without a license.

MP Latheef stated that there are several kids who are unable to get their license as they were earlier fined for being caught while driving before they turned 18. Along with this, he stated that there are also people who are unable to get the license because their fine amount has increased as they were either fined for traffic violation, or was fined while their license was under police custody.

MP Latheef stated that not having a proper solution for such issues cause a great deal of financial stress for the youngsters in the country.

During today’s parliament session, MP Latheef presented a case to the parliament requesting to provide an easement for the youngsters of Maldives who have to face fines for driving before they are of the legal age or for other reasons.

The request from MP Latheef comes a month after President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated that the government would provide an easement for the youngsters who were fined for not having license.

Earlier on March, the public had also protested regarding the matter calling the government to restart the issuing of licenses, even if it is as per the Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines, as well as to put an end to hefty fines charged for driving without a license.

As per current regulations, operating a roadside vehicle without a valid drivers license would result in a fine of MVR 1,000, while not carrying a valid drivers license while operating the vehicle will result in a fine of MVR 750 even if a license has been issued in one’s name.

The issuing of license was suspended temporarily as a precautionary measure amidst the developing Covid-19 situation in the capital, and has not yet been recommenced as daily cases are yet to come down.