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
By Staff writer
Mon 10 Aug 2015 10:12 AM

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.

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