Govt proposes amendments to law No. 67/’76
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 22: The government has referred to the National Assembly the amendment of Traffic Law No. 67 of 1976, which includes severe punishments for traffic law violators.
Among the most important amendments to the new traffic law is imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months and a fine not exceeding 500 dinars, and no less than 200 dinars for anyone who commits one of the following acts – crossing the red traffic light, reckless driving that endangers lives or damages the property of others, racing on roads, speeding or driving buggies outside the designated places, driving against the flow of traffic on highways or roundabouts, speaking with hand-held phones while driving, driving a vehicle without the licence plates, changing licence plate numbers, using a private car to transport passengers without permit.
The penalty calls for imprisonment of 3 months and a fine of not more than 300 dinars and not less than 150 dinars for anyone who commits one of the following acts – driving a vehicle without a driving license or driving when a license has been withdrawn or suspended; refusing to give way for government vehicles (ambulances, police patrols chasing suspects) and official motorcades and driving on the shoulder of the road. The amendment calls for two months imprisonment and a fine not exceeding 200 dinars and not less than 100 dinars for a person who commits one of the following acts – causing an accident that damages individuals’ property or public facilities, allowing a child 10 years and below to sit in the front seat, driving a vehicle without brakes or faulty brakes, allowing someone to drive a vehicle who does not have a licence, vehicles which violate the terms of load, height, width, length or weight, driving a vehicle that emits heavy smoke, makes noise or if contents (cargo) of the vehicle drops on the road, noncompliance with road and traffic signs, placing stickers or pictures on the body of the vehicle without permission, driving a vehicle without insurance papers or with tinted glass.
Imprisonment for a period not exceeding a month and a fine not exceeding 100 dinars and not less than 50 dinars for each person who commits one of the following acts – driving a vehicle without the knowledge or consent of its owner, driving a vehicle with illegible numbers plate, or with a single plate, refusing to present a driver’s license or registration book to police upon request, using lamps or amplifiers other than those authorized by law, parking or driving on sidewalks or pedestrian roads, stopping the vehicle at night on highways or unlit roads without small lights on, the use of highbeam, dazzling lights or flashlights in a manner contrary to what is prescribed for their use; turning, entering or reversing against the direction of traffic flow, driving a vehicle at a speed less than the minimum limit on expressways or on roundabouts.
Imprisonment for a period not exceeding fifteen days and a fine of not more than 75 dinars and no less than 45 dinars for everyone who commits one of the following acts – refrain from transporting passengers without justification or charging more than what is stated by law, leaving animals on public roads without anyone to take care of them, or their keeper violating rules or neglecting to control them; pedestrians and cyclists violating traffic rules, driving a motorized vehicle without a vehicle license or a driving license, driving without the lights on, leaving a vehicle or its debris on the road or sidewalks, deliberate obstruction of traffic on public roads. If the court convicts a defendant of a crime related to driving a vehicle, it may decide to withdraw the driving license or the vehicle or its license plates. The fine is 150 dinars for driving or parking on the sidewalks and not fastening the seat belt.