Block removed to allow paying traffic fines – Tanker driver arrested for dumping waste

An abandoned boat is removed during a campaign in the Khuwaisat chalets’ area.

An abandoned boat is removed during a campaign in the Khuwaisat chalets’ area.

KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major Gen Abdallah Al-Muhanna said the department is exerting all possible efforts to allow citizens and expatriates to process their transactions easily and simply without any complications. He said this comes at the instructions of Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah. He said that within this measure, the block on all traffic violations for 2014 will be removed so that citizens and expats can pay their fines. He said as for 2015 violations, the block will be removed except for driving a vehicle without a license, racing without a permit, recklessness, endangering passengers’ lives and using the vehicle for purposes other than what it was licensed for (transporting passengers for money), as the block will remain until the legal process is taken. The block will be lifted for one month starting Dec 1, 2015. Muhanna said paying fines can be done through the interior ministry website and violation departments in all governorates or service centers.

Camping season
The Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for General Security Maj Gen Abdelfattah Al-Ali said his sector is ready for the camping season, as part of the interior ministry’s efforts to maintain security and face all negative activities during the season. He said departments participating in the security are security, traffic, civil defense, detectives, emergency, municipality, fire and medical emergencies. He said the plan covers all areas of Kuwait, and asked citizens to cooperate with policemen and comply with the law.

Children found
The Interior Ministry’s Department of Relations and Security Information said that three children reported missing by their Kuwaiti father were found safe and sound with their mother. The department said in a statement that the children were in good health, and were sent to the concerned police station to take legal action. Criminal detectives carried out extensive efforts to determine the whereabouts of the children, who went missing due to family disputes.

Industrial waste
Environment police arrested a tanker truck driver dumping industrial waste in a sandy area near the airport runway wire fence on the Seventh Ring Road. Airport security noticed the truck and a very large black spot in the area, so they called environment police, who called Mubarak Al-Kabeer hazardous material center to analyze the substance, and found it was a caustic chemical. The driver said the industrial waste is from a petrochemical factory he deals with, and he was supposed to take the material to the Wafra industrial waste treatment station. He was sent to the Environment Public Authority. Article 29 of the Environment Protection Law includes a ban on disposing waste of all types in environmentally undesignated areas. Article 131 of the same law says any person who violates article 29 will be jailed for a minimum of three years and a maximum of 10 years, and a fine of a minimum of KD 20,000 and a maximum of KD 200,000.

Abandoned boats
Environment police also carried out a campaign to remove abandoned boats in the Khuwaisat chalets’ area in cooperation with the Municipality, Jahra Governorate and the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). Ten boats were removed and a vehicle used to tow the boats.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun

This article was published on 30/11/2015