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PAFN to study canceling delivery drivers health card requirement

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‘Measures hinder work and raise cost’

KUWAIT CITY, June 9: The Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN) is considering the cancellation of the health card requirement for the renewal of the licenses of delivery vehicles. This move, which received the consent of the director general of PAFN, was taken into consideration after a number of owners of the relevant companies had submitted requests in this regard. This came at a time when the authority revealed that 600 million people around the world get infected with about 200 types of diseases caused by contaminated and unsafe food, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Photo taken during the PAFN’s celebration of the World Food Safety Day.

A group of delivery company owners asked the Chairperson of the PAFN Board of Directors and the Director General in charge of the authority Dr. Reem Al-Fulaij to facilitate the renewal and issuance of licenses of delivery vehicles by easing the annual requirements placed on vehicles, especially those related to the validity of the health card, before submitting the transaction. According to informed sources, some of the requirements placed on these vehicles by PAFN are “far from its competence, as they include the need for the driver to obtain a health card, and that it be valid when renewing vehicle books, as well as to place an advertisement on the vehicle to indicate the delivery company”.

Business owners say such measures hinder their work and raise the cost to them. The inability to renew the log book of the vehicle licenses stands as an obstacle to the renewal of work permits for the workers registered with delivery companies, especially since each worker’s residency is linked to the vehicle’s log book and its validity.

In this context, a member of the entrepreneurs, Eng. Saeed Al-Manea, praised the efforts exerted by PAFN, and the adoption of the open door policy to receive the owners of the companies operating in the field, and study their demands and the obstacles they face. On the other hand, the Director General of PAFN Dr. Reem Al-Fulaij warned against eating unsafe food, indicating that it is the cause of about 200 types of diseases and germs. On the sidelines of PAFN’s celebration of the World Food Safety Day on Tuesday, Al-Fulaij said food safety plays a vital role in reducing diseases.

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