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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: General Traffic Department last week launched impromptu campaigns in all six governorates upon directives from the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lieutenant General Sheikh Khalid Al- Jarrah Al-Sabah, which resulted in the issuance of 29,566 violations for various citations. Traffic officers during the period impounded 27 vehicles plus 5 motorbikes and referred 38 people into custody, deported an expatriate for driving without license, and recovered 19 wanted vehicles.
Public Relations and Media Information Department stated that traffic officers issued 505 citations against motorists for driving on excessive speed along King Fahad Expressway, Nuwaiseeb Road and King Abdulaziz Motorway. They also issued 572 violations against motorists on the Second Ring Road for various offenses, 132 involving immoral acts with 8 cases of reckless driving, and impounded 5 motorbikes plus 23 vehicles.
Meanwhile, traffic men issued 132 violations on Kabad Motorway and 114 violations against motorists along Wafra Road, and seized 2 vehicles. They also registered 847 citations on Sebiya, Abdali and Salmi Roads respectively, arrested two motorists for drifting alongside 11 juveniles, and issued 83 violations for excessive speeding and 4 security related offenses. The top speed recorded was 193 km/h involving two motorists who were referred to traffic custody for necessary legal action.
31 ‘abandoned’ cars lifted
Department of Road Works and Cleanliness at Ahmadi Municipality held a campaign targeting abandoned vehicles and those parked in wrong locations for sale in Fahaheel Industrial area. During the campaign, 31 vehicles were lifted, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The campaign was supervised and coordinated by Director of Ahmadi Municipality Eng Fahad Al-Shatili, who said the abandoned vehicles and those parked in open yards for sale are contaminating the civilized appearance of Ahmadi Governorate. Department of Road Works and Cleanliness urged the general public to contact the department through the number 1844448 or via the department’s social media account to report any complaints or offer any suggestions that would help the department to better its performance. Kuwait Municipality Director Eng Ahmed Al-Manfouhi issued administrative decision number 1/2017 stating that new Municipality Law number 33/2016 was enforced soon after its publication in Kuwait Gazette on July 12, 2016, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
Al-Manfouhi explained the decision aims to end construction violations, indicating Article 39 stipulates penalties on anyone proven to have committed violations including construction offices, consultant engineers, supervising engineers and contractors who carry out or supervise construction sites where violations were uncovered. He disclosed the fine ranges from KD 5,000 to KD 10,000 while all erring non-Kuwaitis will be deported. He said the licenses of involved offices will be withdrawn and the contractor’s classification will be cancelled. He then called on concerned individuals and bodies to strictly comply with the law to avoid legal problems.
Meanwhile, Kuwait Municipality’s Public Relations Department has affirmed that the owners of two buildings where violations were discovered responded to warnings issued by the monitoring authority as they have already rectified their situation, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement, the department revealed the Follow-up and Audit Section at the Municipality branch in Hawally launched a campaign to inspect buildings in Salmiya in a bid to uncover violations. This resulted in the discovery of six violations such as structures excluded from the approved blueprint. And, Director of Municipality branch in Hawally Eng Falah Al- Shemary affirmed the campaign is in line with the directives of Municipality Director General Eng Ahmed Al-Manfouhi. He said these campaigns will continue to cover the entire governorate.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies