Alert over expat truck drivers

Reports of truck drivers selling off goods they were hired to deliver and then fleeing the country have prompted a warning to transport firms. There have also been cases of truck drivers, hired by Bahraini companies, simply abandoning their vehicles after getting into accidents in other countries because they fear the legal consequences if they return to Bahrain.

Committee Chairman Abdulhakeem Al Shammery said that there were cases of truck drivers, hired by Bahraini companies, simply abandoning their vehicles after getting into accidents in other countries. Traders are facing difficulties because of such actions, which affect their business in Bahrain and other Gulf countries. “Bahrainis are not interested in outdoor transport jobs, so we have to depend on expatriate workers,” he continued. “These drivers are cheap to hire and have different Bahraini sponsors”.

Meanwhile, the committee is also seeking a rethink after annual trailer inspection fees were raised earlier this year from a flat yearly of BD10 to BD10 per tonne annually, which has effectively increased fees by 700% – 2,000%.

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