Definitions of Work Related Road Transport Activities : Personnel and Goods
Note 1: The holders of a GCC Licence for more than twelve months, regardless of their nationality, will be eligible for issue of an ROP Licence.
Note 2: ROP Traffic Law permits expatriates on a ‘visit’ visa to drive private or rental vehicles for up to three months after initial date of entry to the Sultanate provided they have a valid International or foreign driving licence approved by the ROP.
Note 3: New Arrivals: Expatriates on resident visas are not permitted to drive on licences issued by their respective countries but must first obtain an ROP driving licence.
When the resident papers application is in place then only 30 days is a grace period
Table 2: Defensive Driving Permit Courses
The PDO driving permits, defined in table 2 above, are obtained by successfully passing the relevant PDO defensive driving assessment and examinations which are provided by the PDO Road Safety Standards Body. Training can be conducted in-house or from the PDO authorised training provider, cited in SP1157 or on the web at:
All applicants to drive PDO or PDO contractor vehicles must first pass a test by the Road Safety Standards Body.
Validity of PDO driving permits:
The Defensive Driving permit becomes invalid if the expiry date displayed within the permit is passed and a recertification course has not been booked.
If the driver allows the permit to expire without booking a recertification course, then the driver will have to attend the initial DDC01/02 course again and is prohibited from driving until it has been successfully attended and passed.
The driver will need to take and pass the recertification course to continue driving on Company business and the permit to be revalidated.
If a recertification course/assessment drive is booked prior to the expiry date on the permit, the driver is able to continue to drive for three months after the expiry date. The recertification course must be taken and passed within this three month period, otherwise the driver will have to attend and pass the initial DDC01/02 course again. The date of recertification on the permit will remain the date of expiry of the permit.
Drivers who fail to pass their recertification course and assessment will need to attend the DDC01/DDC02 defensive driving course again. There is no need to retake the DDC03/04/05.
Permits from other Upstream Operators
Driving permits from other Upstream Operators are not presently recognised by the Company and can not be used as a substitute for the Company driving courses and permits when undertaking work for the Company a Contractor or subcontractor.
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