Kuwait City: Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has ordered a crackdown on traffic violations committed by expatriates, including deportation of those who commit serious offenses.
According to official figures, over 18,000 expatriates were deported from Kuwait for traffic violations and other reasons between March and August.
In the first eight months of 2023, a total of 2.6 million traffic violations were recorded, of which approximately 1.95 million were indirect violations.
Brigadier General Nawaf Al-Hayan, head of the Traffic Awareness Department, said that 18,486 expatriates were deported for serious traffic offenses, such as speeding, running red lights, racing, carrying passengers, driving the wrong way, or driving without a license, during the past six months.
He added that in order to regulate traffic, reduce congestion, and control reckless drivers, “2,630,338 traffic violations were issued in the eight months from January 1 to August 30, including 1,954,858 indirect violations and 675,480 direct violations.”
Al-Hayan said that 14,053 licenses were revoked for other reasons during the eight months from January to August. While “34,751 driving licenses were revoked from expatriates who did not meet the conditions.”
Al-Hayan stressed the importance of the “Rased” device, which monitors vehicles that violate the law.
The device, called “Rased,” helps patrol officers identify vehicles that are wanted or whose insurance has expired. They issue a fine immediately and send the violator to the “Sahl” application within three minutes.