Expats with traffic fines in Kuwait banned from travelling

Foreign workers will have to pay off driving-related fines before they can leave the country under new measure
Expats with traffic fines in Kuwait banned from travelling
By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 14 Dec 2014 01:51 PM

Expats living in Kuwait will be banned from travelling if they have unpaid traffic fines, local media said.

The Interior Ministry is coordinating with border posts and car insurance offices to identify foreign workers that have pending traffic-related fines, assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs Major General Abdullah Al Muhanna was quoted as saying by Arabic daily Al Rai.

Fine payment offices would be established at airports in case drivers were unaware of fines.

Kuwaiti authorities also have recently revised a law that prevents expats from obtaining a driver’s licence until they have lived in the country for two years, except for certain professions.

The measure was taken to help reduce the number of drivers on the country’s clogged roadways.

Expats make up about two-thirds of Kuwait’s population.

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