Kuwait may halt new driving licences for expats

Kuwait’s senior traffic officials are discussing a proposal to halt issuing driving licenses for expatriates who make up the majority of the country’s population.

Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry Lt Gen. Faisal Al Nawaf on Wednesday met senior traffic officials and discussed a proposal to halt issuing driving licences for expatriates.

The pros and cons of the proposal were debated at the meeting. On the positive side, halting the issuance of new driving licences for expats will result in reducing the number of cars on roads, thus cutting traffic congestion and accidents, the paper said. The conferees also explored potential negative results of a related ban.

Lt Gen. Al Nawaf directed a new “advanced” mechanism be devised for issuing driving licences for foreign residents and statistics be provided on the number of expats granted driving licences recently and its impact on the traffic scene in the country.

Foreigners make up nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s total population of 4.6 million.


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