During a security inspection and traffic campaign launched at the Kuwait International Airport, at least 20 private vehicles were caught illegally loading passengers and acting as regular taxis, an Arabic paper reported. The campaign, which was enacted by the General Traffic Department, and represented by the Traffic Investigations Department, was initiated under the instructions of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, as part of a daily initiative to monitor private vehicles that are unauthorized to function as public transportation. The violators were taken into custody and will be facing legal actions.

The campaign is a continuous effort to “preserve the civilized image of the State of Kuwait”, according to the General Department of Relations and Security Media at the Ministry of Interior, and ensure that passengers arriving at the airport rent and travel with authorized taxi cabs. The ministry also warned passengers that hiring private vehicles could jeopardize their safety as authorized taxis are operated by trained drivers, and they are efficient in terms of lost and found policies.

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