New amendments to traffic rules

December 28, 20160 Comments

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Engineer Sheikh Khaled Al- Jarrah Al-Sabah has issued a ministerial decision amending Article 85 of Decision No. 81/76 of the executive traffic regulations as follows;

1- Private Driver’s Licenses will be issued for vehicles that carry up to 7 passengers, transport vehicles that carry less than 2 tons of load, and taxis. Driver’s licenses issued for Kuwaitis and citizens of the Gulf countries will be valid for 15 years and the validity of licenses issued for expatriates will be linked with their residencies, while those of illegal residents (Bedoun) will depend on the validity of their contact cards. Regarding illegal residents (Bedoun) without contact cards, their driver’s licenses will be valid for 2 years.

General Category (A) Driving licenses will be issued for 25-passenger capacity vehicles, public transport vehicles, locomotives, trailers, trucks with capacity for over 8 tons, and vehicles transporting dangerous materials and vehicles for learners Category B licenses will be issued for vehicles with capacity for 7 passengers up to 25 passengers, public transport vehicles, trucks with 2 tons up to 8 tons capacity.

The above-stated license issued for Kuwaitis and citizens of the Gulf countries will be valid for 10 years, while those of expatriates will be rendered invalid upon expiry of their residencies. Category B licenses issued for illegal residents (Bedoun) will be valid until expiry date of their contact cards, while Bedouns excluded from contact cards will have valid driver’s licenses for 2 years.

The holders of General Driving License-Category (B) are not allowed to drive category (A) vehicles, while licenses issued before issuance of the decision will remain valid to the expiry dates. 2- Category (A) Licenses for Motorbike will be issued for different types of motorbikes to driving schools for motorbikes and All Terrain Vehicles (ATV).

Category (B) licenses for Motorbikes— the validity period of licenses issued for Kuwaitis and citizens of the Gulf countries regarding tricycles or motorbikes exceeding three wheels will be valid for three years. For expatriates, the license’s validity will be linked with the validity period of their residencies and those of Bedouns will be rendered invalid upon expiry of their contact cards, and the license for Bedouns excluded from contact cards will be valid for two years, while the holders of category B licenses are not allowed to drive category (A) vehicles.

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Licenses for motorbikes issued before the amended decision will remain valid until the expiry dates indicated on them.

Meanwhile, licenses will be issued for all types of Construction and Agricultural Vehicles and Tractors. For Kuwaitis and Gulf citizens, the aforementioned license will be valid for 3 years while the validity period of licenses issued for expatriates and Bedouns holding contact cards will be linked with the validity period of their residencies.

Bedouns without contact cards will have two years valid licenses, noting the abovementioned licenses are all subjected to Article 92 of the decision. (Article 2) Item 3 of Article (87) of Ministerial Decision No. 81/76 is amended as follows: 3- Illegal residents (Bedoun) holding valid security cards and the following are excluded from holding contact cards: A-The sons of Kuwaiti women married to Bedouns. B- Bedouns still serving in the military. C- Bedoun spouse of a Kuwaiti citizen and Bedoun spouse of a Kuwaiti woman.

The second item indicates points to Bedoun amending his status and obtaining permanent residence status and holding a valid service card. Any person who fails the driving test will be given another opportunity to retry within three months after paying the specified fee.

Source : Arabtimes

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