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Renewal of residence tied to giving in illegal licenses

KUWAIT CITY, March 9, (Agencies): The Unified GCC Traffic Week is an opportunity to exchange traffic personnel visits among the GCC states and to utilize the latest technologies in finding solutions for traffic problems, Chief of traffic department said Sunday. In his speech at the launch of the GCC Traffic Week’s activities, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior and General Director of the Traffic Department Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali said that Kuwait Traffic Department is studying setting up a radio station and a call center designed to tackle traffic issues and the public’s complains and inquiries.


He added that since the start of the Unified GCC Traffic Week 30 years ago, many technologies have been introduced to help in developing the performance of traffic and solving its problems. On his part, Traffic Director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate colonel Tawhid Al-Kandari said that the goal of traffic officers is to organize the flow of traffic for the safety of road users and not to punish them. He said that delegations for the GCC countries toured the country to check on traffic movement, and handed traffic awareness brochures to the public.

Al-Ali revealed a report will be referred soon to Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled on the need to oblige everyone entering the country with their vehicles to have comprehensive car insurance, while any foreign vehicle should have customs authority number plates. For citizens with vehicles that have foreign number plates, they must acquire Kuwait number plates or their vehicles will be impounded once the decision is implemented. He explained that in case of any accident, this move is aimed at ensuring the legal procedures are taken to protect the rights of those involved in accidents in terms of compensation.

Al-Ali disclosed fines are imposed on those who commit serious traffic violations; except reckless driving, over speeding of about 160 to 170 km/h, and organizing or participating in car racing. He disclosed that he had earlier monitored four intersections, where he observed positive response from the public in regard to wearing safety belts and the use of mobile phones while driving.

He warned the Traffic Sector will not remain silent over the issuance of 35,000 to 40,000 driving licenses in an illegal manner or through forgery. He said the Traffic Department intends to refer the names and files of those holding these licenses to the Immigration Department to prevent them from renewing their residency permits until they surrender the driving licenses to the department.

He added the department managed to lay down a thorough plan regarding the traffic hotline, which will operate in solving many problems and responding to all inquiries related to the roads or traffic cameras, among other duties.

Security forces on alert: The Ministry of Interior has put the security forces on a state of alert following reports published by local dailies that maps and layouts were seized from some people allegedly members of the so-called Dae’sh (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) to carry out subversive operations inside Kuwait and the region, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily quoting State Security police said circulars have been issued to personnel at all (air, sea and land) entry and exit points to be on full alert to prevent members of this organization to carry sabotage operations during the hosting of the GCC Summit in Kuwait on March 25 and 26, 2014. Meanwhile, preacher Dr. Sahafi Al-Hajri has told the daily in a press release that Dae’sh planned to carry out acts or terrorism in all GCC states.

Kuwaiti attempts suicide: A 29-year-old Kuwaiti who tried in vain to end his life by consuming big quantity of medicine pills was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Farwaniya Hospital and given stomach wash, reports Al-Rai daily. Police will interrogate the man after he is discharged from hospital.


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