Saturday, January 21, 2006

RIP OFF?

An interesting bit of bureaucracy today. We went to get Mrs Seabee's UAE driving licence, which she should get automatically because she has an Australian licence.

She handed over her passport, Aussie licence & all the paperwork. The lady behind the counter prodded away at the computer keyboard and said "You had a Dubai licence in the past". My wife agreed she had, but that it expired in 1984 when we left Dubai, 21 years ago.

"You can't have a new licence, you must renew the old one".
"Why?"
"That's the regulation".

So she had to pay Dh25 for an eye test, then - and this is the real rip-off - she had to pay for renewal every year since 1984! The licence cost Dh310.

6 comments:

nzm said...

Wow - that is a rip-off!

What's more amazing is that they actually still had a record of your wife's licence in their system!

Where there's money to be made, there's a motive for data retention!

moryarti said...

You could've talked your way out of it...

Seabee said...

You think we didn't try?!

Keefieboy said...

I'm amazed it only cost 310 dirhams then!

sheikha cheryl said...

what a joke!

Anonymous said...

the eye test now is for 250 and not 25 as it used to be!!!!