KUWAIT CITY, Sept 30: Officers from the Technical Inspection Unit at the General Traffic Department (GTD) in the Interior Ministry recently conducted a three-hour traffic campaign in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh; resulting in the impounding of about 1,500 vehicles due to various violations, reports Al-Rai daily. Five field teams and one mobile squad conducted the campaign in compliance with the directives of Assistant Undersecretary for the Traffic Sector Major General Jamal Al- Sayegh. Technical Inspection Department Director Colonel Mishaal Al-Suwaiji, who supervised the campaign, told the daily that 1,060 direct and 409 indirect violations were issued to the owners of these vehicles.
He confirmed these vehicles were impounded and the owners cannot pay the fine unless they visit the Technical Inspection Unit. He explained a specialized committee is tasked to ensure that such vehicles meet the security and durability specifications. He said the teams consisted of officers, civilian employees and technical inspectors; as many vehicles found not suitable for driving on the roads were impounded because they endanger the lives of road users. “We checked the driving licenses of the owners of these vehicles, made sure they will be inspected thoroughly to take legal measures later, and monitored several vehicles whose insurance expired some time ago,” he disclosed. It has been reported that the violations include failure to meet security and durability conditions, expiry of vehicle insurance, annoying sounds, smoke emission, and using a private vehicle to transport others in exchange for money.