Kuwait lawyer seeks driving ban for expats

AFP
Monday, March 20, 2017

A Kuwaiti lawyer filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a temporary driving ban on millions of expatriates to ease traffic congestion in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Lawyer Mohammad al-Ansari called for a temporary suspension of their driving licences and a total ban on issuing new licences for expats.

He filed the lawsuit on behalf of a number of Kuwaiti citizens affected by traffic problems, Ansari told AFP in a written statement.

"The traffic problem in the country has reached an unbearable phase," said the lawyer, adding that the government had failed to resolve it.

Ansari said the suspension should stay in force until new regulations are introduced to curb traffic jams, although certain professions should be exempted.

Around 3.1 million foreigners, most of them Asians, live and work in Kuwait alongside 1.35 million citizens.

For the past decade, authorities have imposed very strict rules on expatriates to obtain a driver's licence.

Most foreigners are required to hold a university degree, earn 600 dinars ($2,000) a month and have lived legally in the emirate for at least two years before a license is issued.

Their high number has been criticised by lawmakers and activists, with several MPs calling for it to be lowered to the same level as Kuwaiti citizens within five years.

Others have called for taxes to be slapped on their money transfers out of Kuwait.


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JD
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where is the Metro, Its about time, we have every day ( Looking out for parking space in Kuwait has become a nightmare – 100,000 cars chase 60,000 lots ) problem. Solution start the Metro, Don't feed the Car Companies who are Big Shots here. You have the money its time you spend on your own country. Expats are equally giving their output don't only blame them. Find for solutions to live together, Don't forget your past living relying on India Egypt, Iraq for basic needs past 250years back onwards, Life is a circle what comes around will go around, Your time will come. We are watched from Above.

Thomas
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017

No expatriates come here under charity or come here as just an immigrant and to get citizenship. .
All coming here on valid govt. visas ( invitation-permission) to work for Kuwait for mutual benefits.
It is duty of the state to provide all facilities to the affordable working people , professionals, and it is their right to have a good life spending from his own earned money, in parity with minimum Kuwaiti local standard of living.
Kuwait is in the forefront to permit the affordable expatriates working for Kuwait to have all available and affordable facilities in life. Under law all people legally residing in a country are equal.

Frustrated Passenger
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sure please with all means ban issuance of driving licences, for expats but make sure after implementation 80% traffic is reduce.

Eng. Dhaval
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dear all,

I think Vitamin W should be removed first.
Secondly rule should be common for all Expats.
Cancel the licenses given on the old law/rule and make the low unpartial.
Those who have taken licenses for 10 years before 2014 are having no issues and are enjoying. There are people on labour category owing license
There are illegal taxi drivers owing license.

I am an Engineer but cant get license because my salary is low. And I dont mind on that. But I mind that people with same salary has licenses awarded before and are enjoying. This really hurts.

Whats my fault? I think my only fault is " I was born late"

Ushma Sindhi
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

@Johnson : Dear all those with salary less than 600 and housewives have something very important called WASTA here.
Your graduate certificate is useless unless you have vitamin W.

Shumaila Khan
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How About revoking the practicing license for Mr. Ansari as a lawyer. How come an anti Human rights person became such a foolish lawyer. I think he is planning to start his own taxi company along with his other allied Kuwaitis.

Light
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How about the reversal!!!!!,
Driving ban for Kwties

James
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

fix public transport to each location and give protection from kids belting stones. then impose the ban. we welcome it with arms wide open.

Johnson
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

i am a graduate.more than two year in Kuwait.getting the salary below 600 .due to this salary issue i am not able to get the licenses for driving the car in Kuwait.This rule is applicable to all expats.But people who do not have degree and salary below 600 are driving their cars easily in the highways..this is not acceptable.lots of house wife in family visa have owned their car and making money by dong some job. this is also not acceptable.so as per my opinion the lawyer is 100% perfect.i hope that the law should be applicable to all expats.

xyz
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dear lawyer,

first up all the problem start from school, change the timing of the school, most of parent drop children in front of school in their car, which is the most effect on traffic most of them are arab etc.....
second problem all kuwaitis has 4, 5 cars, when going to office all cars are on road for one person one car, this also effect.
third either all companies provide transport eg... mini bus for staff, so staff will not come with their car.
if you see traffic police on 4th ring road opp fire station, always on phone they dont know how to control traffic, stopping car in middle and giving way to uturn car, stop uturn let them come from signal. it takes 15 minutes just from apollo to come on 4th ring road.

Astonished Indian
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Was wondering.....how do we commute to work!!! Because even the KPTC and City Bus drivers are expats and hold a license.

Humanity
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Now a days expats have become like cheese balls, who ever want they can chew it without any discrepancy. Dont no from where they find those ideas, really strange, Now a days the roads are really bad, from which the Traffic is becoming a huge trouble to everyone,why dont you people changes the School timings, this is really not good proposal,i respect to Kuwait law, that they will sure take a good and valid decision on behalf of expats.

guna
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why not have this learned and worthy lawyer file a petition on temporary ban on Breathing the pure and pristine air of Kuwait .....

Ushma Sindhi
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Racism . Everwhere Racism.
USA against blacks/mexicans/asians/Indians.
Kuwait against Expats.
India against lower caste and minorities.
End of civilization.

Britto Arthur
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Should the ban apply to trucks, buses, garbage collectors, road cleaners, ambulances, driven by expats? And what about expat drivers driving Kuwaiti cars? If only Kuwaiti cars can be driven on the roads, what about cars given on rent by Kuwaiti Car Rental companies?

Logical Indian
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Going by that logic which bright lawyer has suggested, traffic is really bad when local arabic schools are open so first they should shut down all Kuwaiti schools till they sort out traffic issues.. It is very apparent that the reason for traffic in morning & evening is mainly due to below -
1. all offices are mainly in kuwait city so in morning all cars are headed to kuwait city and evening way back
2. kuwaiti school kids are dropped n picked up in their cars. This being one of the major reasons for traffic, you can easily make out the difference on the roads during summer holidays and winter breaks.

Instead of coming up with ideas that always hurts expats in the interest of kuwaiti citizens, lawmakers should make life of every resident pleasant and this will promote and make this a place where both local and expats enjoy staying, Dubai is a perfect example for this. To tackle traffic, Dubai apart from building good roads, distributed office areas instead of concentrating in one area, shifted schools outside busy city areas, came up with salik & parking charges thereby making driving cars expensive, build metro trains, reliable taxi service and many more. So, it has been a holistic approach to tackle traffice problem rather a piece meal solution just to please a few residents of kuwait.

EXPAT DRIVER
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

It shows the inefficiency of Kuwait Govt. that they can't solve the traffic issue properly. Go and see how other countries solve it. Start metro, change the infra structure, give more public transport. Anything dumping on expat. From where did this lawyer got the degree?

ccc
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Where did you study the law?

Bajrangi Bhai
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

God bless those citizens on whose behalf this great lawyer has filed a lawsuit.
Is it also applicable to expats drivers driving citizens cars ?

akil ahmad
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Mashallah. great. mr. lawyer kindly start from your own home including all your relatives. kindly tell them to cancel licenses of the drivers in their homes and then if it is a success please start with your neighbors and so on.
it is not the expats who are responsible for the traffic mess. it is the inefficiency and non followance of rules by Kuwaiti drivers. the law of the land must be same for every one irrespective of nationality. punish the Kuwaiti when they commit crimes if you want to solve the problems. once the Kuwaiti gets punished every thing shall be normal like before. no doubt Kuwait belongs to Kuwaitis but it is the expats who are making Kuwait proud not the Kuwaitis.

Abid
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Kuwait should be start the metro

Eng.Syed
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

Dear Lawyer,

Getting license is expensive and buying car is cheaper in kuwait. Just reverse this policy and see the difference.

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