* Initiative comes in co-operation with MME and MoI
* Businesses that engage in car maintenance and repair activities in cities and on commercial streets may not conduct their activities outside the site defined in the granted licence, including conducting business in public parking lots, on sidewalks, in adjacent squares and in residential areas * They are also prohibited from parking customers' cars in public parking lots, on sidewalks or in residential areas
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has announced an initiative to regulate car maintenance and repair businesses in cities and on commercial streets.
This initiative comes as part of the MoCI's efforts in co-operation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and Ministry of Interior (MoI), with the aim of regulating and monitoring commercial activities across Qatar.
In accordance with the laws, conditions and requirements in force in the country, businesses that engage in car maintenance and repair activities in cities and on commercial streets may not:
* Conduct their activities outside the site defined in the granted licence, including conducting business in public parking lots, on sidewalks, in adjacent squares and in residential areas.
* They are also prohibited from parking customers' cars in public parking lots, on sidewalks or in residential areas. Cars are to be delivered to customers upon completion of their repair.
The MoCI clarified that if the commercial shop cannot accommodate at least one car, the licence site must be moved to the designated sites where repairs can be conducted.
The ministry explained that the aforementioned decision includes the following activities: auto electrical repair, car oil change, tyre repair, change and sale, auto machinery repair, auto radiator repair, car exhaust repair, repair of automobile brakes and gear shifts, auto glass repair and installation, auto electronics repair, wheel alignment, automotive computer programming, car air-conditioning repair, car accessory installation, car seat upholstery, and selling car accessories.
The ministry called on those in charge of the aforementioned businesses to abide by the measures stipulated in this decision. Any violation of the decision exposes perpetrators to legal procedures and they shall be held accountable under Law No 5 of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors, the MME’s Law No 18 of 2017 on Public Hygiene, and Decree-Law No 19 of 2007 regarding the Traffic Law, the MoCI said in a press statement yesterday.
The ministry has urged all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions related to registration and commercial licensing through the call centre: 16001, Twitter: @MOCIQATAR, Instagram: MOCIQATAR, and the ministry's mobile application available on iPhone and Android devices: MOCI_QATAR