Muscat: Foreign land transport vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses, will now have to pay a new fee to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, according to a decision announced by the Ministry of Legal Affairs on its official website.
Last year, the Ministry of Transport and Communications had imposed a fee on empty foreign land transport vehicles entering the Sultanate.
The new decision bans foreign land transport vehicles from undertaking any commercial transport activities between two points inside the country without prior permission from the concerned authorities, and directs them to pay a fee of OMR10 too.
The decision states that the violators of this rule will have to pay a fine of OMR300.
Last year, a ministry decision had forbidden foreign land transport company vehicles and their crews from staying in Oman for more than seven days unless they had obtained a permit from the Ministry of Transport and Communications in coordination with the Royal Oman Police, however the new decision adds OMR10 fee for every day.
The decision states that violators will have to pay OMR50 as a fine if they fail to obtain the proper permit for overstaying in the Sultanate for more than a week. The decision excludes gulf country citizens and other nationals from countries, which have signed agreements with the Sultanate.
The decision also bans the entry of foreign land transport vehicles heading to another country rather than the one it is registered in unless it has obtained a permit from the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Such vehicles will have to pay an OMR10 fee for each land transport trip and will have to pay OMR50 of found violating the directive.