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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

What about driving tests for all UAE residents?

Our readers have their say on youth, credit cards, climate change and mandatory driving tests

A learner driver takes to the wheel in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National
A learner driver takes to the wheel in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

I write in reference to your article Should all new UAE residents have to take a driving test before hitting the nation’s roads? (October 9): Yes please. Traffic congestion is actually caused by horrible drivers, not necessarily because of too much traffic.

Taurus Prince, Abu Dhabi

I would say no because it is unfair to target everyone the same, given that the ease of driving tests differs so much from country to country.

However, I would agree on a theory exam on a computer at the driving licence centre, then you an get a licence, including hazard perception, identifying road signs and some questions on distances and lights. That would amake us all safer.

Chris Lawrenson, UAE

The UK is no better and filled with horrendously unpredictable drivers. I have seen so many people running red lights and driving erratically since I returned after a decade in the UAE. It has made me realise that the UAE is not that bad.

Vijay Ramburuth, UK

It is tough for expat families who don’t have allowances

I write in reference to your ­online article The Debt Panel: ‘I signed up for three credit cards because my income did not match my expenses’ ­(October 9): It is almost impossible for expat families to survive – let alone thrive – financially without allowances for rent or education. Those who do not receive them require credit card loans. It’s as simple as that.

Name withheld by request

World leaders must act now on climate change

I write in reference to your article UN climate report warning: act now, it’s a life or death situation (October 9): The National’s elaborate article on recent ominous climate change warnings given by the UN was an interesting and meaningful read.

The coming years will be tough as climate chaos starts to take hold at a global level. It is an alarming warning from Debra Roberts, head of the Environmental Planning and Protection Department in Durban, South Africa.

It behoves global leaders to rethink this incredibly important issue and take urgent co-ordinated steps to protect the climate and prevent potential disasters. Will change really happen if some leaders, such as US President Donald Trump, are not willing to participate in the fight against climate change? I fear not.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Youngsters should pursue passions, whatever it takes

Please refer to your online article ‘Pursue what you live – not just a high salary’, universities minister tells young Emiratis (October 9). The two are not mutually exclusive. Youngsters should pursue a high salary doing what they love. There, fixed.

Miguel Llorente, Dubai