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Kuwait plans to enforce ban on smoking inside vehicles

Kuwait might ban smoking inside vehicles in an attempt to curb road accidents in the country.

Kuwait plans to enforce ban on smoking inside vehicles

Kuwait’s General Traffic Department (GTD) is reportedly considering enforcing the law that bans motorists smoking inside their vehicles while driving.

The decision is part of the ministry’s strategy to curb road accidents, with smoking while driving considered one of the major causes of accidents in Kuwait, Al-Seyassah Daily reported.

A number of sources claim a KD30 ($98.99) fine for smoking while driving will be introduced.

The offense may also lead to impounding of vehicles, in accordance with the country’s new environmental law, which came into effect in October 2014.

The last year’s legislation envisaged a KD50 to KD100 fine for smoking in closed and semi-closed areas as well as public transport.

Last year, Kuwait also considered the Ministry of Health’s proposal to increase tax on tobacco products.

“These ideas also include increasing tax on tobacco products to reduce smoking as Kuwait has one of the world’s lowest tobacco tax rates,” Arabian Business reported Ministry of Health Undersecretary Khaled Al Sahlawi’s address to the United Nations during a meeting in New York to discuss progress on the 2011 political declaration on NCDs.

john 4 years ago

Is this the joke of the day? Kuwait can't even enforce the use of phones whilst driving in Kuwait - every other car is openly using their phones while driving all over the roads? Also, Kuwait has a law where cafes are allowed to allow smoking although cafes are located in non-smoking laws. This is truly not a priority for the authorities in Kuwait.

NBJ 4 years ago

They should firstly Ban smoking in public areas like malls ect.

Every office you go, They smoke..

So before stopping them smoking in their own cars which is privately owned, They need to concentrate in public areas..

NBJ 4 years ago

Couldn't agree with you more John..

Ahmed 4 years ago

If you visited this country, they allow smoking in malls because they have cafes in them which nobody does in the world and then state that the malls are non-smoking. They actually smoke everywhere and now they want to ban smoking in cars when if you look to either side of you driving in Kuwait, every other car is texting or speaking on mobiles, so which cause more accidents? More than likely the mobile use. I think the government has this backwards, they need to totally ban smoking in public spaces before they tackle smoking in cars. I know its hot there, but maybe the heats getting to them?