Traffic authorities in Kuwait said they will remain committed to taking strong action against dangerous offences if the current drive to impound vehicles for some violations is found to be unconstitutional.
The authorities this month started impounding vehicles for months when drivers fail to wear seat belts, talk on hand-held cell phones while driving or park on pavements and no-parking zones.
However, traffic authorities said they would not back down from their drive to make Kuwait’s roads safer for everyone and to hold irresponsible drivers responsible.
“We will naturally respect the decision of the competent authorities if they find that the current decision to impound vehicles is illegal or unconstitutional,” traffic sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai. “However, we will not hesitate to proceed to issue any resolution or legislation to stop flagrant violations and dangerous offences on our roads, and will not allow any disregard for human life.”
The sources added the main objective of the decision to impound vehicles was to save lives and that the interior ministry would embrace any legal or constitutional move to protect people.
“The ministry has been listening to the views expressed by lawmakers and common citizens, both supporting and criticising the issue. What really matters is that people become used to respecting laws,” the sources said.
Despite strenuous efforts by traffic authorities to instill a better driving culture and bring down an infamous world ranking in accident averages, official figures indicate that the task remains formidable.
Traffic figures show that 917,447 accidents have occurred since 2012. There were 86,271 accidents in 2012; 89,527 in 2013; 99,047 in 2014; 77,961 in 2015; and 71,582 in 2016. The figure was 23,529 in the first four months of this year.
Deaths by accident in 2012 were at 454, going down to 445 in 2013, but increasing to 461 in 2014. In 2015, there were 429 deaths while the figure was 153 up to April 2017.
Jumping red lights, speeding and the use of mobiles topped the causes of the accidents that occurred in 2017.
Recklessness and lack of responsible behaviour were also cited among the major causes of road crashes.
According to the National Traffic Strategy, the money spent by Kuwait to deal with accidents represents around 6 per cent of its annual gross domestic product.
More than 25,000 Kuwaitis, mostly relatives of those involved in accidents, are affected every year, the strategy prepared by an international expert said.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: The lawyer representing a cosmetic clinic has filed a complaint with the Hawally police accusing an American doctor working for the same clinic of betrayal of trust, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added, according to the complainant the suspect treated some patients and the proceeds from the treatment he transferred to his account. The 67-year-old doctor is said to have admitted to the charge.
Woman sought: Police are looking for an unidentified young woman whose clip went viral in the social media, reports Al-Anba daily. The clip shows the woman dancing immodestly. However, a police source said although the clip shows a street scene, she is dancing inside a house not on a street.
Tackling downpours: Coinciding with the rainfall experienced in the country recently, Assistant Undersecretary for Sewage Engineering at Ministry of Public Works Engineer Abdul-Mohsen Al-Enezi affirmed the ministry has sent out emergency teams to work around the clock in all six governorates, reports Al- Jarida daily. Engineer Al-Enezi said the teams will be working on detecting and fixing problems that are likely to occur during the rainy season. He stated the ministry will join forces with concerned authorities in the governorates to ensure free fl ow of traffic on the roads, indicating the ministry will deal with obstacles on roads and tunnels during the rain.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: Police are looking for 10,000 people — Kuwaitis and expatriates — who are wanted to serve the court verdicts, reports Al-Qabas daily. This is in addition to 30,000 others who are wanted in connection with financial cases. The daily quoting security sources said security campaigns organized by the Ministry of Interior has helped arrest dozens of wanted people in addition to some ‘fugitives’.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: MP Mohammed Al-Huwailah has presented a bill on the establishment of the National Commission for Population Structure (NCPS) to be headed by the state minister for Cabinet Affairs with the ministers of Interior, Social Affairs and Labor, Commerce and Industry and Supreme Council of Planning as members.
The bill stipulates that the commission, which will be affiliated to the Council of Ministers, shall have a legal structure as well as financial and administrative autonomy.
The committee will study and assess the population structure, propose a population strategy, and establish and adopt appropriate population policies and systems to enhance the citizen’s role, protect national identity and achieve he desired population balance.
ts functions include collecting information on the demographic structure from ministries and other concerned bodies, and conducting research and analytical studies on the population structure, policies and action in other sectors and fields.
Article Six of the bill stipulates that the committee shall have an independent budget attached to the State budget. Its revenues shall consist of the amount required to achieve the objectives assigned to the Parliament and approved by the Council of Ministers. Disbursement of the budget shall be in accordance with the regulations.
Meanwhile, MP Osama Al- Shaheen announced that there are several financial draft laws in the agenda of the National Assembly, affirming the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee submitted its reports on these bills during the first session. He revealed these draft laws include optional early retirement, amendments to the Public Aid Law, cancellation of interest for loans granted to retirees and fees for public facilities like gasoline, oil derivatives, electricity and water.
He added the committee will discuss in its next meeting the proposal to amend Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Law in order to regulate this economic institution and value added tax (VAT) which has been rejected by a large number of Parliament members including himself taking into consideration the continuation of public funds wastage in the government. He went on to say that the government rejected the draft law on the retirement of noncommissioned officers in the Kuwaiti Army even though it addresses humanitarian issues. He disclosed a number of MPs intend to resume talks on this draft law and push for its ratification.
On the other hand, Chairman of the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee MP Salah Khorshid urged the government to stop wastage of public funds in ministries and other State institutions. He said this wastage has been confirmed by reports of the State Audit Bureau. He called on the government to quickly respond to proposals prioritized by the committee like the alternative salary scale to ensure equality among citizens and increasing the children allowance and rent allowances. He also asked the government to explain its decision to reject the proposed exceptional pension for retired soldiers due to the alleged constitutional suspicion. He called for clarifying the suspicion through a legal opinion to uncover the truth, since some retirees have received judicial rulings to grant them exceptional pension. He added the priorities of the committee are the proposals on leadership positions, population structure, cancellation of interest for loans given to retirees, reduction of retirement age, establishment of joint stock companies to build power and desalination plants, and governance rules in government institutions
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staffv
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated six kilograms of faked golden crafts at the value of KD 80,000 (around $261,000) in various locations of Al- Mubarakeya and Al-Rai areas, and culprits were referred for prosecution, says KUNA.
The confiscated jewelry is of duplication of international brands and is stuffed with nonprecious substances in order to increase the weight of the gold goods, and the shops also sell them as being purely gold goods to make profits in illegal methods, the Ministry said in a statement.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Since some expatriates from certain nationalities need special approval from the security authorities to enter the country on new visas, this trend is linked to the ‘sale’ of visas by residence traders.
The sources said the more strict measures adopted on some nationalities, the higher the ‘sale price’ of visas.
According to the visa traders charge
Egyptian between KD 1,500 and KD 1,800;
Jordanians KD 1,000 and KD 1,200;
Lebanese KD 2,000 to KD 2,500
Iraqis KD 4,000 and KD 5,500.
In the case of Asians
Indians are charged between KD 500 and KD 700;
Bangladeshis KD 1,600 and KD 2,200;
Filipinos KD 400 a n d KD 600;
Afghans KD 3,000 and KD 5,000;
Pakistanis KD 2,500 and KD 3,500.
Among the Africans
Eritreans pay between 800 and KD 1,100
Madagascans KD 400 and KD 500.
Some sources say the black market is very big for visa traders in Kuwait. The business is brisk worth millions of dinars to an extent there are companies which make an annual profit of not less than 100,000 dinars a year using fake offices.
By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Parallel to ambiguity hovering over the constitutionality and legality of the recent amendment to traffic laws regarding penalties for not using safety belt, using mobile phone by hand while, driving and parking on pavement, Director of the General Public Relations and Security Media Department Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash disclosed that the ministry will deport any expatriate who repeats the violation of driving without safety belt and use mobile by hand while driving.
In a televised interview concerning the new traffic law and controversial penalties introduced for the above-mentioned violations to impound the vehicle for two months, Al-Hashash pointed out that an expatriate who repeats the violation of not using safety belt and uses mobile phone while driving will be sent packing.
The traffic law permits impounding of vehicle, while existing articles give the Minister of Interior the right to deport those who violate general order and laws of the country. He called on the public to adhere to traffic rules and cooperate with the traffic officers for the safety of motorists and other road users.
By Local affairs analyst
Source: Arab Times