Kuwait to scrap 'thousands' more expat driving licences

Gulf state has already deported thousands of expatriate motorists for traffic violations

Kuwait said it will cancel “tens of thousands” of driving licences belonging to former students and working housewives as part of the Gulf state’s latest crackdown on expats.

Interior ministry assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs, Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali, told Al-Anbaa newspaper that expat students who continued to drive after graduation amounted “to an act of forgery”.

Since Ali’s appointment two months ago, hundreds of expats have been deported for minor traffic violations such as jumping red lights.

It is estimated that 12,000 foreigners in total have been ejected from the country over the last two years over driving misdemeanours and KD24m worth of fines issued.

Kuwait earlier this year announced the Gulf state would cut the number of foreigners, who make up about two-thirds of the population, by 1m over ten years.

The country also is implementing segregation in public health services, banning expats from attending public hospitals in the morning unless it is an emergency. The first hospital implemented the change on Sunday.

Lawmakers also have called for large subsidies for services such as water, electricity and gas to be scrapped for expats, which could push up monthly bills beyond the average salary.

Kuwait was named as one of the world's least friendly countries towards tourists in a global travel and tourism competitiveness survey by the World Economic Forum released this week.

It was ranked 137 out of 140 countries for friendliness.

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Posted by: John Broccoli

"Kuwait was named as one of the world's least friendly countries towards tourists in a global travel and tourism competitiveness survey by the World Economic Forum released this week."

I see this paragraph in every article published in recent weeks. Pure copy+paste. The WEF report was published months ago and since then arabianbusiness is copying this paragraph to every article published about this country.

Posted by: jay

well john if you live here you would have to agree the current expat focus is extremly unfriendly
i personally have seen friends apartments searched at 11 at night looking for illegals driving licences cut up because the person is travelling on a bus the internet you tube etc is full of video footage
this is the unfriendliest ccountry i know

Posted by: jay

So according to the Arab Times today in 1 week they issued 25,000 tickets impounded 550 cars thats 1.2 million tickets a yr and 25000 cars
Clearly the problem is not just about expats
it starts with training we should insist the the standard of training improves and tests are harder to pass
we should restrict the speed of new drivers for 1 to 2 yrs to 100kph
introduce the points system 3 offences revoke licence and re apply take new test

Posted by: Hisham

Yesterday I saw a driver, unsurprisingly of a certain nationality, park his car in a very dangerous place. He had gone somewhere and left his car, basically bothering all users of the road he decided had to be converted to a parking space just for his own convenience (regardless of others). The police came, he ran to his car just about when the police officer got out of the patrol car and was about to write a ticket. He got off with a warning, got into his car, started moving slowly forward about 10 metres, checked for the police to have disappeared then still left his car on the exact same road for another 15 mins. This is the kind of self-centered and sneaky attitude we're talking about. These peoples' attitudes mean that a soft approach is only possible AFTER or at least TOGETHER with a more thorough and more scary hard approach.

Posted by: Brock

Jay, yes there is a civilized manner to go about with this, however, you are only throwing caution to deaf ears.

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