KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major-General Abdulfattah Al-Ali said it is very important for the government agencies to cooperate with the ministry to end the traffic crisis on Kuwaiti roads, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Speaking to the daily, Al-Ali said the doors of his office are always open and that he does not deal with people who come with wasta. He added, the law is first applied on those who are supposed to arrest the violators and then the people. He said strict application of the law in the only way to get rid of the traffic crisis experienced by the country over the years. He stressed on the need for the government to cooperate with the ministry saying ‘You cannot clap with one hand.’

He disclosed 4,000 driving licences have been withdrawn from persons who had acquired them illegally. He also said the GTD has also reduced the number of issuance of driving licences from 7,000 a month to 1,200. He also disclosed the decrease in road accidents and this was evidenced by 19 death cases last month compared to an average of 50 every month. He also said due to strict implementation of traffic laws the number of citations have decreased drastically.

319 buses impounded: The General Traffic Department in a campaign against public transport buses are said to have impounded 319 buses and issued citations to drivers, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. The daily saidsome of the citations were for reckless driving and others for speeding. The vehicles were impounded because of smoke arising from the exhaust.