KUWAIT CITY, Oct 29: On the first day of activating the law prohibiting parking on sidewalks and no parking areas, officers from the General Traffic Department (GTD) in the Interior Ministry impounded 60 vehicles and issued citations against the owners who will not be allowed to use their vehicles for a period of two months. Security sources quoted acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Fahad Al-Shwai as saying many vehicles were confiscated as they were parked on sidewalks and no parking areas in the six governorates. Sources explained this move is aimed at reducing traffic congestions, so the campaign will continue. Sources added the GTD will start confiscating the vehicles of those who do not wear seatbelts and use mobile phones while driving next week. Meanwhile, the department reiterated that the vehicles of those who violate the law will be confiscated for a period not exceeding two months and they will be fined not more than KD15. The department also confirmed that the concerned authorities have started implementing Article 169 which prohibits parking on pedestrian lanes and sidewalks, as well as Article 207 which stipulates that vehicles parked on sidewalks and noparking areas, as well as those blocking traffic movement will be impounded.
Liquor seized: Officers from Ahmadi Security Directorate apprehended an Indian expatriate in Sabahiya area in possession of 13 bottles of liquor. The suspect who was driving with an invalid registration book had also violated residency law, and the officers recovered 13 bottles of liquor in his car during the precautionary search. He was referred to the area police station. Meanwhile, a Sri Lankan national accompanied by a female compatriot was arrested under the influence of alcohol along the Coastal Road opposite Mahboula area.
7 ‘fines’ for woman: Ahmadi Traffic officers issued 7 citations against a 32-year old Kuwaiti woman for various violations. She was wanted for serious offenses, including KD 1,750 debt, reports Al Anba daily. A security source said the traffic men stopped the woman for questioning when she infringed the earmarked lanes, and they discovered she was driving without license and had expired registration.
Mobile groceries shut: Recent inspection campaigns by Kuwait Municipality officials led to the issuance of 680 citations in Salhiya and removal of 19 mobile groceries in Jahra, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Director of Public Hygiene and Road Usage at the Capital Municipality Meshal Al-Azmi said the hygiene inspectors collaborated with their colleagues from the Central Emergency Team and embarked on several field trips in the framework of activating law number 9/87.
By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies