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Kuwaitis to get free monthly fuel allowance after price hikes

Kuwaiti gov't agrees to compensate nationals holding driving licences with 75 litres of petrol per month

Kuwaitis to get free monthly fuel allowance after price hikes
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The Kuwaiti government has agreed to compensate nationals holding driving licences with 75 litres of petrol per month for the hike in prices despite rejection from lawmakers, revealed National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem at a meeting with the Prime Minister and Cabinet members yesterday.

Al-Ghanem said data showed the average monthly consumption per driver is 220-240 litres of which the government will provide 30 percent free to Kuwaitis who drive, reported Kuwait Times.

However, he said the compensation decision, which was demanded by the NA, will not apply to expats, who will have to pay the new petrol prices which took effect in September.

Al-Ghanem added the current set amount will be revised on a monthly basis as part of a “partial liberalization” plan of petrol prices. He said the free amounts of petrol as well as petrol prices will vary monthly in accordance with international oil prices.

He said expat drivers could end up paying higher prices than the current ones.

Furthermore, the civil service commission yesterday revealed it reduced housing allowance for expat teachers in the public sector from $500 (KD150) monthly to $200 (KD60).

Tareq Abdulla 3 years ago

Enough to fill a motorcycle.

john wicks 3 years ago

Think Kuwaiti men need to grow up, stand on their own feet and pay for their own petrol. It is quitr pitiful that in a nation so wealthy these guys cannot cough up enough money to pay for petrol. It is absolutely pathetic...Time for whole of Kuwait to wake up