Taxi owners stage sit-in at Traffic Department

A sit-in protest was staged by Kuwaiti taxi-owners in front of the office of Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Jamal Al-Sayegh. The protestors claimed that the recent decision to tow away taxis parked illegally was an “abuse of power” by the authorities.

Given the current dearth of specific parking space for taxis in the city and other busy areas, the taxi-owners demanded the new decision should be suspended until alternate parking spaces were found for them. They also complained of facing financial difficulties due to malicious traffic citations issued against them.

Abdulaziz Al-Enezi, who owns a number of taxis, said that following the protest Major General Al-Sayegh had promised to meet with them in the coming couple of days to solve their problems. He stressed that taxi offices suffer high losses due to the towing away of their vehicles, and making things more difficult for taxi drivers through enforcement of the points based fining system.

Al-Enezi also pointed out that there are several mobile apps that run taxi-service without obtaining relevant licenses, which in turn affected the taxi offices because such apps offer relatively low prices as the owners of those apps do not bear any costs related to rents and others.