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‘Speed cuts draw opposition’ ‘Decision sudden, against law’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: A number of Twitter users have voiced objection to the decision of Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Abdul Fattah Al-Ali to reduce the speed limits in a bid to prevent accidents and ease traffic jams along the major thoroughfares in the country.

The Twitter users pointed out the decision was taken suddenly without any prior notice to the public, asserting that the move contravenes the law. Yousef Al-Mutairi called on Al-Ali to follow in the footsteps of the traffic authorities in Dubai where a media campaign is usually launched to inform the public of any decision prior to implementation.

He cited as an example Dubai’s ongoing public awareness campaign on the anti-smoke belching regulation that will take effect in March. He asserted that it is different in Kuwait where a decision taken today will be applied tomorrow. Khaled Al-Mutawa compared the roads in Kuwait with that of Germany, affirming the abovementioned decision is not the right step towards addressing the traffic problem.

He said in Germany, the speed on highways is open yet road accidents rarely happen; hence, the reduction of speed limit is an inappropriate solution. Dr Faisal Al-Kandari believes the decision will cause more traffic jams on interior roads; while Ahmad Dashti suggested adjusting the work hours in government and private institutions due to the decision. He said the official work timings should start half an hour later than the existing schedule as the allowed speed on motorways has been reduced

By: Khaled Al-Hatab Al-Seyassah Staff

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