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Speeding Kuwaiti drivers could see cars crushed

Vehicles could then be sold as scrap under a Ministry of Interior proposal

Speeding Kuwaiti drivers could see cars crushed
In a bid to combat speeding, drivers caught travelling over 180 km/hr will have their vehicles confiscated.

Kuwait is considering a proposal to crush cars of drivers caught speeding before selling the vehicles as scrap metal, according to reports in the Gulf state

In a bid to combat speeding, drivers caught travelling over 180 km/hr will have their vehicles confiscated, crushed and sold as scrap, Kuwaiti press reported.

However, Colonel Adel Al-Hashash, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Interior told the Kuwait Times newspaper that the proposal was currently only at the review stage.

“It’s not been drafted yet, or even passed to the parliament to be discussed. This proposal could become the law some day or not may not even be applied. This proposal is one of the many proposals which are still being studied, like increasing the traffic fines and so on,” he was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Many Gulf states are currently reviewing measure to curb speeding and reduce the number of road death each year.

Dubai's transport authority is planning to review speed limits on all roads over the next two years in a bid to improve safety, according to Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the Licensing Agency, part of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Among the key objectives of Dubai's strategy is to significantly curb traffic-related deaths by 2015.

The RTA said fatalities fell from 21.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2007 to 6.7 cases per 100,000 last year.

"Despite the fact the traffic fatality rate in Dubai is better than countries such as Malaysia, South Africa and the US, the RTA is still aspiring to place Dubai amongst the cities with the least traffic fatalities in the world," said bin Udai.

International studies indicate that increasing the driving speed by up to 5 percent over and above the specified speed limits result in the rate of traffic accidents causing injuries rising by 10 percent and fatalities by 20 percent.

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Evgeny 8 years ago

Fix speed limits in the UAE - if the sign says 100, your should go 100! Increase penalties by 5-10 times, introduce a real black point system, take a few licenses away, especially from Emiratis, cover this in the news and you will see the number of accidents go down in this country. If you don't do something people will continue driving like maniacs with many innocent people hurt.

Sarah 8 years ago

@Evgeny - This article is discussing Kuwait, a very small GCC country that has implemented no controls on bad driving - the type of driving that you see on the roads is like watching the INDY 500. Kuwait needs to learn from Dubai, and implement a black point system - simple. In any country, when the public is subjected to monitary penalties for traffic violations, the traffic violations go down. No brainer. As usual, Kuwait goes to the extreme and threatens bad driving with a violent tactic like crushing cars, not an instumental tactic like simply giving tickets with a penalty system like in the UAE. They can also visit the driving centers in Dubai and overhaul their driving centers which are poor and part of the problem.

Tim 8 years ago

The "International studies" come from Australia where traffic density is not considered. Those studies only predict accident rates on one half of what is known as the "Solomon curve" which shows that driving about 5 km/h faster than the roads average speed is safer than driving 5 km/h slower than the average and isn't linked to the posted speed limit at all.

It is also unfair to compare accident rates in countries with snow with ones that don't. Kuwait should be using summer time in some European countries as a benchmark of where it should be.

passingby 8 years ago

people dont mind paying speeding tickets in kuwait. you think a person who does not mind paying 300k plus USD for his/her car, would mind paying 300 USD for a speeding ticket!!

Amused in Dubai 8 years ago

@Sarah you may be one of the blessed few who live in Dream Dubai. Unfortunately for those like myself who, surely because of our bad karma, do not qualify
...the roads in Dubai look really dangerous,
...driving skills sorely lacking from yes the locals but also expats who have spent time here, and
...we see a two tier system in terms of enforcement with one group of drivers not needing to bother with laws, limits and regulations (and proud of that)
...UAE authorities at least talk about the need to improve the situation (not clear what they intend to do besides some platitudes about "education")
Is Kuwait worse? Yes for sure. Is Dubai or the UAE a benchmark on road safety? Well I seem to disagree with you. Numbers (pesky statistics) also seem to show every single GCC country as having some of the highest road accident and mortality rates. Hardly a reference methinks.

RAH 8 years ago

You'd be surprised how many people in Kuwait DO MIND paying speeding tickets. If not, you wouldn't see them braking at each speed camera!

The problem is not that. The problem lies with 1) the monetary value of the fine. 10 to 15 KD (35-50 USD) is a joke for people's lives! Make it 50KD (180 USD) and you'll see more hesitant to get caught and 2) enforce undercover police patrols (as Saudi has been doing recently). Roaming around the highways in plain unidentified cars with speed traps. Putting points 1 and 2 together = people will be wary and finally coming to their senses!

james 8 years ago

its too lateonce you fine theming start with a proper training and test teach people the right way how to use indicators and drivewith respect not in the emergency lanes causeits busy
undercover patrols also work as do ave spped cameras
ensure planning for buildings insisting that there is enough parking bring in parking enforcement etc only then higher fines and take away licences
and no wasta for Kuwaitis traet everone the same maybe then it will improve

American in Kuwait 8 years ago

Kuwait has NO controls on bad driving by Kuwaitis.

I see more carnage on the roads in Kuwait in 1 day than I have seen in 50 years elesewhere ! Where else could they drive their Ferrari on the sidewalk ? Police here watch cars go through red lights at 150 KPH ! Every day. How aobut cutting through parking losts at full speed to beat the red light, no problem.
Driving in the emergency lanes is allowed if you are a Kuwaiti.

Crossing the street is HIHG RISK.

Geko 8 years ago

Are we shy about reality?
eg., over 80% of the population (even driving license holders) are expats. But, when it comes to road deaths, it is opposite.

Leniency fetch good friendships, but it leads to more violation and machines cannot see the difference the way human.

Using indicator is naive, influencial, my personal urgency is greater than the ticket value if at all cannot get any discount.

Corolex 8 years ago

I would also propose those driving 40km/h under the indicated speed to have their cars incinirated and thrown into the sea to be used as a fish habitat.