Saudi fine defaulters may face travel, visa bans

Expats who fail to pay traffic fines could be banned from travelling, says police chief
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By Beatrice Thomas
Tue 11 Mar 2014 01:56 PM

Saudi expatriates may face travel bans and denied exit and entry visas if they fail to pay traffic fines, it was reported.

Col. Abdul Rahman Al Shanbari, director of traffic at the Eastern Province, said violating expatriates would be banned from travelling and their iqamas not issued or renewed and they will not be able to obtain exit/re-entry visas.

For Saudi citizens, penalties could include a refusal by the ministry to issue or renew their passports, identity cards, driving licenses or car registration.

“A driver who commits traffic violations that endanger lives will have to stand before the authority and he will not be able to pay the fines before the authority has looked at the violations,” he was quoted by Al Hayat newspaper as saying.

Speaking at a traffic conference, Al Shanbari said undercover traffic police issued about 1,000 fines every day.

He said joy-riding offences had dropped by about 80 percent last year and police were monitoring potential offenders within a radius of about 200km outside main cities and towns.

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