Parliamentary Panel Rejects Proposal to increase driving license fee to KD 1,000

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Parliamentary Panel unanimously rejected the controversial proposal submitted by MP Safaa Al-Hashem targetting the expatriates in this country. Her proposal to impose a fee of KD 1,000 on any expatriate applying for driver’s license, annual renewal fee of KD 500 and extra KD 500 for the renewal of vehicle documents was rejected by the panel. The rejected proposal also called for the dismissal of applications for renewing the documents of vehicles 10 years old and above.

The committee also refused another proposal from the MP suggesting that family visa applications other than those submitted for parents should be rejected, and that visit visa fees should be increased by 100 percent. She had also recommended stipulation of 10 years maximum residence visa for expatriates, within which it should be renewed once, with the exemption of few extremely important professions.

The members of the Panel observed that the first proposal was very essential in reducing the rate of traffic congestion but the associated fees were outrageous. The panel opinied that the majority of expatriate workers receive meager salaries that are insufficient for such fees.

Regarding the second proposal, the panel said the idea of preventing expatriates from inviting members of their families other than parents and increasing visa fees by 100 percent amount to extra burden on the sponsors. They stressed that fixing a maximum period of ten years for residence visa could as well be detrimental to the labor market, because there will be shortage of the needed workers.

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Well Wisher
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Trust in Kuwait Law restored. Thank you so much Parliamentary Panel for considering the Expats Side of Story. The best solution can be Metro Trains. People take it as a sign of being cheap when they use Public Transport and hence they are reluctant in using that. But on the other hand, when it is train, they proudly travel in that. I know it will be very expensive but it will be very effective in reducing traffic. Also the School timing needs to be changed.

@Dev: Are you really that stupid or u have done any course ??

sallu the ullu
Sunday, February 11, 2018

I think you are not aware of CAIT Kuwait. You will be behind bars within hours through your IP for making such allegations. Please mind your temper and language or else you will be repenting for the same

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Stupid Dev. I have not seen any new roads since a long period.
Introduce metro
Run some point to point bus service
Also try Limited stop service
Do not keep the expats house driver and drive yourself
Send your children by school bus
Try to change the School timing and ministry working time
The important government offices can be relocated remotely at one place

Being Human
Sunday, February 11, 2018
@Dev are you crazy or maybe you need rest,no one will take with fake certificates,think about the Country development ok.DOnt think Like RSS mentality.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
@Mr. Abdullah - Well-said Mr. Abdullah. I applaud your remarkable answer.

@Mr. Dev -Are you thinking just for yourself and caring less for the other expats who earn a meager income?
I wonder if you've been handed over any rights here for your so called suggestions!!
Don't you know that it is left to the discretion and judgement of the concerned department?

Hashim Abdurahman
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Traffic congestion is a global issue, that should be addressed wisely not through imposing the traffic fees or reducing expatiates since expats are vital part of the country. Here in Kuwait traffic issue only when there is schools and colleges start, otherwise entire road is free. So need to address at root cause. Why they can't think an assessment system, every academic year at least 60% working days student should come by a public transportation system. Based on that the percentage the student should be recognized. and this will make the coming generation more punctual even in the offices. This certificate itself a great measurement for the right candidate for the employment as well.
Hope someone may discuss this with any officials

Saturday, February 10, 2018
We hope the MP's health is well after all these rejections including remittance tax....Thank you Parliament panels for classifying the charges as outrageous. If the panel can discuss the school bus issue and slight adjustment in work timings of different sectors it will surely reduce the traffic by 50%.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
@ Dev, which country in the world ask for degree certificate to get driving license. Is driving a qualified job. The country you come how is the traffic congestion and secondly India does not have four-line road in most of the states. Everything moves smoothly because people have patience that is the difference. Most of the expatriates need vehicle not for pleasure or showoff but for the basic needs of the fly.

Being Human
Saturday, February 10, 2018
We should thanks to Kuwait Govt that they rejected the Lady Proposal, The decision of this Woman was Wrong,always targeting the expats,we are paying Insurance for Medical what benefits we are getting, this women always targets expats she never ever spoken about the Country Development.Kuwait Govt We salute that you people rejected this lady proposal,Lady should think how to develop the Country not always thinking how to target the expats.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
firstly, stop to issuing taxi permit ,then solve 50% of traffic problem.
all police officers sponsoring taxi company and without any logic simply issuing new taxi permit.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
First of all Kuwait at present is undergoing many road construction projects which in turn will hinder traffic. Kuwait should implement Metro rail and Inter-city Rail to commute people and goods from various areas of Kuwait. Encourage mass/public transport other than road transport. Amend school timings and encourage parents to send their kids by School Bus. These are some of the ways to reduce traffic congestion on Kuwait roads.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Kuwaiti children must use school buses instead of using the separate car for each student to go to school.Actually, this is causing a lot of traffic problems in the country. Mass transportation must be made mandatory for school going children.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
@Dev, what is the relation with the certificate, salary , driving license and corruption ? you are blindly accusing the government department that they are corrupted?, based on what you are accusing the government departments? do you know that you may be jailed for this kind of balderdash comments.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Implement mandatory school bus and all problems will be solved.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Hi Lets face i...its true that the traffic has increased incredibly since the last 5 years. There is one way to reduce the traffic by having a corruption free licence department. Secondly pass a rule that during licence renewal people should meet the criteria of only 600kd and above salary , graduates certificate should be shown if not cancel the licence. Trust me there are many who have taken licence with fake certificates and fake salary slips. This way many vehicles will b off the road.

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