Kuwait revokes expat driving licenses on traffic violations

Published:  4 Jun at 6 PM
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Kuwaiti police are revoking thousands of driving licenses belonging to foreigners who commit traffic violations .

Kuwait is now revoking the driving licenses of expats caught for traffic-related violations as well as impounding thier vehicles. To date, many thousands of licenses have been withdrawn.

In addition, according to senior government official Major General Abdelfattah al-Ali, traffic police are now preparing to cancel the driving licenses of overseas students who have finished their courses as well as those of working women whose licenses are backed by a family visa.

Such licenses, he said, would have been issued under past circumstances, and new driving licenses must be applied for. Expats, he added, are only allowed to drive if they earn more than $1400 a month and have a university degree.

Al-Ali has also put forward a proposal that driving licenses be denied to undertakers, imams and several other professions. Over 1000 vehicles were impounded for traffic violations during last month, and more than 1300 expats were deported during the same period.

Traffic offences being targeted include running a red light, driving without a license, exceeding the speed limit and illegally carrying passengers. Al-Ali has defended his position on deportation by comparing ignoring a red light to attempted or premeditated murder, and considers driving without a license the equivalent of working without a permit.
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