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Technical inspections in Qatar “a nightmare”


Qatar law mandates that cars that are more than three years old must submit to an inspection once a year.

As many people can attest, getting the inspection done – and passing it – can be extremely excruciating. The locations can be remote, the lines long and the procedure perplexing.

The Peninsula reported on the issue in yesterday’s paper, calling on Qatar simplify the process and set up more facilities in and around Doha.

According to its report, Testing your car or your patience?:

Many vehicle owners say that they start getting the jitters as the date of the technical inspection approaches.

“I spent about four hours in the Industrial Area for my car to complete the tests. My four-wheeler was in excellent condition and I was surprised to find that it had failed in the tests because a small bulb at the rear was not working. I went to a nearby garage and changed the bulb for QR10. I was made to wait in another queue for a re-inspection,” said a GCC national.

“Is it necessary to fail a car for such a minor problem? Is there no other way to deal with such errors?,” he wondered.

What do you guys think? Has getting your car inspected here been a nightmarish experience? A breeze? Or somewhere in between?

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