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‘80pc more cars on roads; jams to continue till 2015’ Jail, 3-mth vehicle seizure for emergency lane violators

KUWAIT CITY, May 20: The number of licensed cars as per the record of the General Traffic Department (GTD) reached 1.75 million, exceeding the capacity of the country’s roads by 80 percent, reports Al-Kuwaitiyah daily quoting highly reliable security sources.

Sources explained this means that traffic jams will continue until 2015 - the target completion date for some road projects and bridges in various governorates.

On the other hand, sources disclosed the fines collected for different traffic violations within the first four months of the year totaled KD22.67 million; while 39,776 vehicles were impounded in 2013.

Jail for violators: Director of Public Relations and Moral Guidance Department and Acting Director of Security Media Department, Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash has announced the activation of a traffic law which punishes motorists who use the emergency lanes, reports Al-Shahed daily.

Al-Hashash explained those who drive in the emergency lanes will be detained at police stations for between 24 and 48 hours and the Al-Anba daily added their vehicles will be impounded for three months. He denied motorists were allowed to use the emergency lanes because of traffic congestion. He added, the Interior Ministry’s media department had earlier issued a statement in this regard. He said the law was activated on May 19 and the security authorities will implement this law in its strict sense.

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