No move for driving licence curbs in UAE

ABU DHABI — The conditions recenlty imposed by the Kuwaiti government on foreigner willing to obtain a driving licence is a "unilateral move" which will not necessarily be applied by other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, an official source at the UAE Ministry of Interior said yesterday.

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Published: Sun 27 Nov 2005, 9:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

Now only the foreigners holding college degree and drawing at least $1,300 can apply for a driving licence in Kuwait.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, the source said the traffic departments in the country would continue to issue driving licences as per the current conditions. "We will not make it a condition for driving licence aspirants to hold a university degree or and draw a certain amount," said the source, adding that Kuwait's decision was an internal affair.

The new rule, implemented with immediate effect, was designed to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads in the country. The state will also require that expatriates seeking a licence must have legally lived in the country for at least two years. Kuwait, with a population of 2.8 million, including over 1.8 million foreigners, has more than 1.1 million vehicles on the roads that have not been developed for a quarter of a century.

As the UAE suffers from the same problem, in terms of population and number of vehicles, expatriates were worried that the same condition might be introduced here.

"If such a decision is taken and implemented with retrospective effect, the labour market will see the departure of tens of thousands of drivers, mainly taxi drivers," said an industry source.

"If I have a college degree, why would I work as a driver," said A. Khan. "There is not a single driver here who holds a college degree. There may be one or two doing it because of the situation at hand, but the moment they find an alternative, they would move," said Khan.


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