Kuwait’s New Traffic Laws – What you need to Know

The roads of Kuwait are in disarray, the General Traffic Department (GTD) is currently in its “Traffic week” with nice antics such as passing flowers to motorists (link).

As sweet as that may sound, there is also the issue of the following announcement, on an advertising account on Instagram, no doubt purported after a wave of posts pertaining the subject were made:

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MOI: Impounding any vehicles bearing writings or unofficial stickers or advertising or pictures or slogans, and the violating motorist.

As there was no official channel used to inform motorists of this new rule, one would be smart in dismissing it as hearsay.

One would be wrong, as I am living proof that this new traffic law is in in fact in effect, and motorists left right and center are getting their vehicles impounded because of it.

Just so you are aware, any sticker, of any kind, be it a picture of Baba Jaber, an Islamic verse etc. is a violation. It is up to the officer who see’s you whether or not they ticket you for it.

FACT: they even consider the Prado and Pajero names on the doors to be stickers, and have impounded vehicles for them. Trust me, I saw it first hand.

Here are a few anecdotal responses found on instragram as a result of this new traffic law:

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“they might as well just write my name lol”

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“I have a picture of Baba Jaber, I won’t remove it lol, let him write tickets till his book is finished”

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I say let us return to the days of riding camels and go everywhere on it, this is ridiculous, everything is forbidden”

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“they stop you even for the Apple Logo”

 

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“I challenge any SOB to impound my “Motor”, let them eat ****”

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“I have a picture of Baba Jaber <3”

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“your salaries are paid from our pockets lol”

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“I’m going out to write on my car, I want it to get impounded”

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“soon they will impound our underwear”

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“better remove the service sticker (found on the inside of the windshield)”

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“if you blow your horn they’ll impound your car”

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*Expletives*

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“soon they’ll issue a law for underwear without a licence”

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“they’re getting the money to pay for the flowers they passed out”

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“apparently they were passing out flowers to their friends only – God is above and anyone given an unjust ticket may God be in their favor” (I like this one!)

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“you go to the bathroom to pee and someone pops up out of nowhere and arrests you”

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“do you want us to ride around on bicycles to not get ticketed? this isn’t right”

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“Bicycle with a ghost sticker on it is violating? lol”

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“personally I am going to buy a bicycle with 4 tires”

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*Apparently this one is dying for a licence so he’ll go as far as removing everything from the car once he gets a licence”

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“no shading, no stickers, you cannot do anything to your car, one second who bought the car? who paid for it? us or you?!! seriously, the car or anything I buy with my money I have the right to do whatever I want to it so long as I do not offend anyone. Think, learn from abroad”

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“question, when they issue these rules how do we know of them if there is no instagram 🙂 every day a new law, and we’re like if your violating or not violating yalla sign you dog 🙂 go home and don’t it again”

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