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Ministry looks to collect KD250 million traffic fines – Travel ban discussed for unpaid KD80 tickets
June 5, 2013, 9:52 am

The Interior Ministry plans to undertake efforts to collect millions of dinars owed to it as fines for traffic violations committed using rented vehicles and cars owned by companies rather than individuals, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting a senior ministry official. “While checking the records pertaining to traffic violations, we have discovered a crime committed against the public funds in the form of KD250 million that companies have failed to pay for years,” Undersecretary Assistant for Traffic Affairs, Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali, told Al-Rai. He added that one company owed the state KD300,000 in total while another failed to pay a few hundred dinars “despite earning millions annually.”


Insisting that “the state’s right must be honored,” Major General Al-Ali urged the companies who owe the fines to come forward to pay up as the violations were committed using vehicles registered under their names, if they wanted to avoid penalties that include a ban on travel and suspension of commercial transactions at all Interior Ministry departments starting next month. “Under the instructions of the Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah, coordination was on with officials at the migration, borders and information technology departments in order to install a software in which the name of a company owner will be blacklisted till  all dues are paid,” he explained.


Major General Al-Ali announced a second plan to bring into force an automatic travel ban for civilians, whether citizens or expatriates, if they owed traffic tickets exceeding KD80 in value. He did not provide a specific date as to when the plan may be activated, but indicated that it will be enforced when an office is opened at the Kuwait International Airport where passengers can pay their fines and avoid missing flights. – Al-Rai


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