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Kuwait to raise traffic fines tenfold from January

Offences include parking vehicles in spaces designated for physically disabled individuals

Kuwait to raise traffic fines tenfold from January
(Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait is looking to increase penalties for a number of traffic offences starting from January 2017.

The offences include parking vehicles in spaces designated for physically disabled individuals, reported Arabic newspaper Al-Sahhed.

The current violation fee, $33 (KD10), is expected to increase tenfold at the beginning of 2017.

The increase will be the second time this year Kuwait has raised fees for traffic fines. In February, it doubled some fines for traffic violations from $100 (KD30) to $200 (KD60) but applied it only to expats.

It is not clear if the January hike will apply to both expats and nationals.

Kuwait has stepped up measures to lower the number of expats in the country in the past few years. Foreigners are estimated to make up over 70 percent of its overall population.

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