Kuwait proposes deportation for expats with five traffic law violations

Published:  2 Nov at 6 PM
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According to an unnamed high-ranking security source, Kuwait’s head of traffic affairs has proposed the deportation of expats with five serious traffic convictions.

Major-General Fahad al-Showai, Kuwait’s acting Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, has sent a proposal to the emirate’s deputy Prime Minister calling for deportation to apply to any expat who’s booked for five serious traffic violations, either one per incident or separately. Offences considered serious include not wearing seatbelts, parking on pavements, parking in pedestrianised areas and obstructing traffic.

According to the unnamed source, the traffic department has recently become aware that expats show great disregard for the emirate’s traffic and driving laws, not respecting the laws and regularly committing grave violations. The department therefore determined the necessity of taking strong deterrent measures against the offenders. The rules will be applied to all expats without exception, he said, and settlement of the grave offences will not prevent deportations.

Should a court consider the expat is innocent of the charge or charges, the violation or violations will still be recorded in interior ministry records. At present, drivers are allowed four violations during a period of five years, but a fifth will lose the offender his residence permit and result in deportation. Should a fifth violation not occur, the driver’s slate will be wiped clean.

Meanwhile, anti-Qatar propaganda posts on social media are being seen for what they are, with expats not allowing disruption of their lives as a result. Twitter users in particular are raising questions about the practice supposedly allowed by the internet giant’s management team, in spite of company reassurance that complete transparency will be introduced. Qatar’s expat community is generally supportive of the emirate’s reaction to the diplomatic standoff, and supports the country’s denial of links to Islamic terrorism.
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