KUWAIT CITY: Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior M a j o r- G e n e r a l Abdel Fattah Al-Ali was recently quoted as saying the General Traffic Department has discovered that 40,000 driving licenses have been issued to persons who do not meet the conditions, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting a reliable source

The source added, according to a ministerial decree a person must be a university graduate must have been a resident of Kuwait for not less than two years and must earn more than KD 400 salary to apply for the driving license.

The source disclosed those who got the driving licences through illegal means based on forged documents will be withdrawn. The traffic sector, the source added, has begun summoning such persons and that 1,200 licenses have already been withdrawn over the past few months.

The source pointed out the GTD received between 5,000 and 8,000 driving license applications a month before the ministerial decree was issued. After the issuance of the decree the number has fallen to 2,000.

Meanwhile, Major-General Abdel Fattah and the Kuwait Municipality Director Ahmed Al-Sabih met last week and issued guidelines for a joint campaign to lift more than 10,000 cars which are ‘abandoned’ on open grounds and public places.

The source added both the authorities will launch a joint campaign within the next few days in all the governorates of Kuwait. The vehicles will be towed to the garages of both the authorities and the owners of the vehicles will have to paying towing and parking fees to retrieve their vehicles.