Ministry of Interior announced a decision allowing motorists until Thursday to pay traffic fines online at the ongoing Traffic Exhibition in Avenues Mall to retrieve their vehicles from the seizure garages in commemoration of the Traffic Week, although the service is blocked, reports a local daily.
An Interior Ministry press release indicated the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, and Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Abdullah Al-Muhanna gave the order to enable citizens and expatriates pay fines for traffic violation through the traffic exhibition until Thursday.
Violators can remove their cars from the seizure garages by obtaining a note after the payment. The unblocking will only exclude violators who exceeded the speed limit up to 180km/hr, those who performed stunts with their vehicles, others who engaged in gambling and those who used their cars for road racing, as well as motorists who used private car as taxi and abandoned cars by the roadside.
Drivers threaten protest
Drivers working for the Ministry of Health and the Kuwait Municipality have threatened to demonstrate because they say their salary is not more than KD 110 per month, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The drivers working for the Ministry of Health said they were contracted by a private company in their home country to work as drivers in Kuwait and after arriving in Kuwait they realized the bitter fact that their salary does not exceed KD 110 although they work for up to 16 hours a day.
They said they approached the recruiting company to increase their salary and the company rejected their request although it is fully aware of their difficult living conditions. They say they have no option but to go on strike. The drivers added they have to pay for the repairs to the cars and maintenance from their pocket. This is in addition to paying residence fees, housing and sometimes even for fuel because the company pays them just KD 15 per month for fuel but it is not sufficient.
They explained they are working for a private company which leases cars to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Municipality and other ministries and in addition to their normal routine they also drive guests to and fro for major conferences. They said their job is to drive nurses to and fro from hospitals and medical centers and specialized medical teams to the homes of elderly patients and the disabled to provide home medical services.