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‘Traffic’ denies exaggerated fee hikes
December 6, 2015, 10:15 am
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Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Abdullah Al-Muhanna denied rumors related to exaggerated increase in the fees of the traffic services provided to expatriates, reports Al-Anba daily.

Al-Muhanna revealed about the proposal to charge KD 100 for the issuance of driving licenses and not KD 500 as rumored, insisting that such an exaggeration is not justified. He stressed that the main objective behind increasing the licenses’ fees is to ensure they are issued to those worthy and capable.

Major General Al-Muhanna revealed that the proposal also includes increasing the fees to KD 20 for renewing vehicle registration book, and a suggestion to add KD10 for first-time registration of a vehicle and charge KD 50 for second-hand vehicle and KD 100 for third-hand, only for expatriates.

He explained that it is also proposed to increase fees for expatriate vehicles based on the year of manufacturing in order to prevent the use of old vehicles. “Only expatriates who are financially capable can own a car, especially since the current situation allows an expatriate to own an old car for KD 150,” he added.

Regarding the increase in the fines of traffic violations, Major General Al- Muhanna revealed about the plan to increase the fines for grave violations such as increasing fines from KD 50 to KD 100, KD 30 to KD 60, and KD 5 to KD 15.

He stressed that the increase of fines for traffic violations will inevitably reduce the number of those who breach the traffic rules and regulations. Major General Al-Muhanna explained that the General Traffic Department used to collect large number of fines from those who were caught driving without licenses, as they were charged KD 300.

However, this rule does not exist any longer following the application of the decision to deport those who drive without licenses. So far, 414 expatriates have been deported for committing this violation.

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