Kuwait rakes in $133m in traffic fines

New traffic chief’s crackdown has also deported 12,000 expats for traffic violations

The Kuwaiti government has raked in $133m worth of traffic fines in a crackdown on non-payment, the state’s traffic chief, Major General Abdulfattah Al Ali has revealed.

The haul – worth KD38m – has been collected since Al Ali took up the top traffic job five months ago and initiated the tough cop policy.

Another KD3m is still owed, he said.

Nearly 12,000 foreigners have been deported from Kuwait for traffic violations in the past two-and-a-half years, Al Ali revealed in June, warning that there would likely be more in the future.

“Deportation of violating expatriates is not going to stop, especially of those carrying passengers illegally, in which case a person would be in violation of traffic and labour regulations,” Al Ali told Arabic daily Al Rai.

About 3,000 vehicles also have been impounded and 7,000 driver’s licences alleged to be either fake or illegally obtained have been destroyed.

Some have accused the traffic chief of unfairly targeting expats in his crackdown, with the Kuwait Labour Union and former MP Abdullah Al Turaiji claiming the deportations were a violation of human rights and illegal.

However, Al Ali has defended the deportations by comparing running a red light to premeditated or attempted murder and said they were justified in Kuwaiti law.

“According to our criminal and penal laws, penalties for such violations include deportation,” he said earlier this year.

“The law also authorizes the MOI [Ministry of Interior] to deport expats in [the] public interest in case they commit repeated crimes or violations.

“Our procedures are necessary to save lives.”

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Posted by: shaheen

Do Kuwaiti drivers get discounts on their fines or are they simply written off. In 1996 I went to pay traffic fines at the Dubai traffic department. I saw a long line of local women taking turns to see an officer. I found out he was giving discounts so I joined the queue and got a discount.I think discounts have finished now.

Posted by: Vijay K. Agarwal

Are you joking???? They are the world's best drivers!!!

Posted by: Anon

No doubt non of these fines are attributable to the kuwaiti drivers!

Posted by: Jay

I don't care if u break the law pay ur fine and a lot do and general Ali is getting them well done and more please

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