Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Abdullah Yousef Al-Muhanna has announced a number of decisions and amendments to traffic rules while shedding light on the implementation of some trafficrelated decisions. Al-Muhanna made the announcement in a press conference Tuesday in the presence of acting Deputy Director General for Traffic Regulation and Licensing Major General Saleh Budoustour and Director General for Public Relations and Security Information Brigadier Adel Ahmad Al- Hashash.
He disclosed the department will change direction of some surveillance cameras to capture traffic violations from the front and the rear side, clarifying that directions will change at certain time intervals. He said this is in addition to the installation of mobile cameras inside the police cars to quickly take photos of those violating traffic regulations. He explained a number of decisions were taken and certain rules were amended to reduce traffic congestions.
According to Al-Muhanna, a total of 42,471 vehicles were found to be without plate numbers from Jan 1 to March 31, 2015 compared to 83,619 within the same period in 2014. He confirmed that implementation of the amended rules will start on May 12. He revealed the motorists will be allowed to use the left safety lane on some roads according to certain conditions. These roads include King Abdul-Aziz Road at the location linking the Sixth Ring and Third Ring roads on both sides. Others are King Fahad Road from the Sixth Ring Road to the First Ring Road on both sides, Al-Ghazali from the Sixth Ring Road to the Fourth Ring Road on both sides and Sheikh Zayed Road “Fifth Ring Road” from King Abdul- Aziz until Andalous Intersection. The last one is the Sixth Ring Road starting from King Abdul-Aziz Intersection to East Ardiya Intersection “Farwaniya Hospital” on both sides.
He added motorists can use the aforementioned left safety lanes from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm every day only if traffic is congested and the speed should not exceed 45 km/h. He said there will be yellow signal to indicate that the lanes are free for usage and the CCTV cameras will be programmed to capture those using these lanes beyond the specified time and speed limit.
He stressed the left safety lanes will be for emergency use only, confirming that the General Traffic Department will coordinate with the Ministry of Public Works to remove bumps and potholes on those left lanes prior to usage. Talking about driving without a license, Al-Muhanna said 33 expatriates have so far been deported for committing this violation. He clarified efforts are being coordinated with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to control procedures for approving professions, which some people use to obtain driving license fraudulently.
He disclosed 5,589 licenses have been canceled due to change of profession since the amendment of the conditions for obtaining licenses. He said 1,254 licenses were canceled in 2014 and 2,321 in 2015. He added the ‘Point to Point’ CCTV cameras along Nuwaiseeb Road recorded 499,882 violations in 2014 and the cameras on the same road recorded 79,551 violations from Jan 1 to April 30, 2015.