The Problem of Public Transport in Kuwait

Let’s face it; public transport in Kuwait is a nightmare.

traffic in kuwait

Despite its growing population, Kuwait is thoroughly lacking when it comes to methods of public transportation; the public only have two options – expensive private taxis or one-of-three bus companies.

More often than not, these buses are terribly maintained, spewing black smoke and noxious fumes at other motorists on their daily commute to and from work.

The fumes bother not the driver nor his passengers, they do however cause severe discomfort to others in the street, say a father driving his young daughters home from school during midday. If you are unfortunate enough to be caught behind these giant monstrosities during traffic, you have very little chance of escaping from behind them. In the absence of an army-regulation gas mask, your chances of comfort are slim to non.

gas mask driving

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It is not that law enforcement is not doing all it can to combat the situation, on the contrary, Officers from Traffic Sector issued 940 citations for various traffic offenses and impounded 147 buses to garages of the department. (link)

However, more often than not, and as is the case in Kuwait from personal experience, the fine imposed by the police as a result of the transgression is a mere fraction of the cost to fix the transgression. In other words, bus companies favor paying fines as it is cheaper than fixing their buses.

Now I am not sure of the case of buses, when it comes to private vehicles, all cars impounded by the police for safety purposes (i.e. spewing black fumes) are ordered to redo the registration renewal inspection, and will be failed by the officer should the error not be corrected.

Something needs to be done by the MOI to combat get these buses to conform to health and safety standards once and for all.

If Citybus can offer free wifi on its routes, then all bus companies can afford to fix their buses.

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