Interior Ministry will continue to impound vehicles for violations

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Interior Ministry will continue to impound vehicles for no more than two months and implement a fine on drivers and passengers in front seats found not wearing seatbelts, or those using cellphones while driving, it said on Sunday.

The ministry will "firmly" carry on with the decision that also covers motorcyclists with no helmets, Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Fahad Al-Shuwaie told a press conference.

Al-Shuwaie stressed that humanitarian cases involving the elderly, women and people with special needs, would be very well considered. "It is not logical to impound vehicles in such cases," he said.

Enforcing the decision aims to maintain safety of both citizens and expats, he said, noting that since the first day of application, Tuesday, with accident rate significantly down from 375 to 264, the following day. Traffic violations fell from 4,000 on parking in no-parking areas, or encroaching on pavements, to only 150 daily.

A vehicle could be impounded for two days to maximum two months, according to a violator's record and commitment to traffic rules, he said.

Al-Shuwaie referred to ongoing consultations between Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah and lawmakers through the legislative channels to augmented fines and penalties on some serious violations "for protecting our sons and youth."

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Good Job, I appreciated to the government by taking the steps which may lead to reduce accidents and rash driving.

Human Being
Monday, November 20, 2017
EVerything is Good the but the road of 30/40 road condition is really too bad,please do something for the and put new asphalt roads,

Monday, November 20, 2017
Appreciate the law by the government as the accident rates become reduced and moving freely in the road. just a another violation to be eradicated that, cars moving in the emergency lane which makes more complication for who really wants to ensure the following of traffic rules. hopefully expats should follow the government rules firmly. But sad part is still we can see some citizens driving without wearing seat belts and watching the smart phones as well as texting.

Jaffer bhai
Monday, November 20, 2017
Shuwaie Shuwaie ya Major General Fahad Al-Shuwaie.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Good move but need to continue not just for 1 day only maybe few innocent will also get caught but who is doing most violations all know. I hope it will make traffic jam and accidents less. God bless us all take care while driving and be careful.

Santosh K Pillai
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sir Tabtabai where are you ?

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