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Monday, October 03, 2016

NEW PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN KSA

New penalties for a traffic violation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will come into effect this October.  According to the General Department of Traffic, it is inline with the decision of the Council of Ministers.  There are major amendments to the articles of the Traffic Law to give tougher penalties for traffic violations.Here are the details of the penalties for various violation:  VIOLATIONS: Stopping on railway track, carrying passengers exceeding the permitted number on the vehicle registration card (istimara), refusing to show driving license or istimara (when asked by authorities), not displaying number plate of vehicle, failure to wear helmet by motor cyclists, and seizing driving license or istimara of another person or giving it on mortgage.  PENALTY: SR1,000-SR2,000 fine
New penalties for a traffic violation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will come into effect this October.

According to the General Department of Traffic, it is inline with the decision of the Council of Ministers.

There are major amendments to the articles of the Traffic Law to give tougher penalties for traffic violations.
New penalties for a traffic violation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will come into effect this October.  According to the General Department of Traffic, it is inline with the decision of the Council of Ministers.  There are major amendments to the articles of the Traffic Law to give tougher penalties for traffic violations.



Here are the details of the penalties for various violation:

VIOLATIONS: Stopping on railway track, carrying passengers exceeding the permitted number on the vehicle registration card (istimara), refusing to show driving license or istimara (when asked by authorities), not displaying number plate of vehicle, failure to wear helmet by motor cyclists, and seizing driving license or istimara of another person or giving it on mortgage.

PENALTY: SR1,000-SR2,000 fine

 VIOLATIONS: Stopping on railway track, carrying passengers exceeding the permitted number on the vehicle registration card (istimara), refusing to show driving license or istimara (when asked by authorities), not displaying number plate of vehicle, failure to wear helmet by motor cyclists, and seizing driving license or istimara of another person or giving it on mortgage.  PENALTY: SR1,000-SR2,000 fine


VIOLATION: Jumping red signal, using illegal number plates or number plate of other vehicles, fitting accessories that are permitted only for official vehicles or emergency vehicles, overtaking school buses while they pick up or drop off children, tampering roadsigns, reflectors and poles, refusing to stop at checkpoints or when security patrols ask for it, and displaying logos or stickers that are against pubic etiquette.

PENALTY: SR3,000-SR6,000 fine and vehicle seizure

VIOLATION: Jumping red signal, using illegal number plates or number plate of other vehicles, fitting accessories that are permitted only for official vehicles or emergency vehicles, overtaking school buses while they pick up or drop off children, tampering roadsigns, reflectors and poles, refusing to stop at checkpoints or when security patrols ask for it, and displaying logos or stickers that are against pubic etiquette.  PENALTY: SR3,000-SR6,000 fine and vehicle seizure


VIOLATION: Obliterating or attempt to obliterate special features of a vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying out any activities on the road without prior coordination (with the concerned authorities).

PENALTY: SR5,000-SR10,000 fine and vehicle seizure

VIOLATIONS: Failure of a motorist involved in an accident to stop at the scene and failure to take the initiative to inform the competent department and provide possible assistance to those injured in the accident.

PENALTY: SR10,000 fine and/or 3-month jail

VIOLATION: STUNT DRIVING



PENALTY: First Offence: Seizure of vehicle for 15 days and fine of SR20,000. The violator will be referred to the court to examine carrying out a jail term.

Second Offense: Seizure of vehicle for 30 days and a fine of SR40,000. The violator will be referred to the court to examine carrying out a jail term.

Third Offense: Vehicle will be seized and a fine of SR60,000 will be imposed. The violator will be referred to the court.

The seizure or confiscation of the vehicle will not be applicable to rented or stolen vehicles.

VIOLATION: Obliterating or attempt to obliterate special features of a vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying out any activities on the road without prior coordination (with the concerned authorities).  PENALTY: SR5,000-SR10,000 fine and vehicle seizure  VIOLATIONS: Failure of a motorist involved in an accident to stop at the scene and failure to take the initiative to inform the competent department and provide possible assistance to those injured in the accident.  PENALTY: SR10,000 fine and/or 3-month jail  VIOLATION: STUNT DRIVING  PENALTY: First Offence: Seizure of vehicle for 15 days and fine of SR20,000. The violator will be referred to the court to examine carrying out a jail term.  Second Offense: Seizure of vehicle for 30 days and a fine of SR40,000. The violator will be referred to the court to examine carrying out a jail term.  Third Offense: Vehicle will be seized and a fine of SR60,000 will be imposed. The violator will be referred to the court.  The seizure or confiscation of the vehicle will not be applicable to rented or stolen vehicles.


VIOLATIONS: Transporting illegal residents

PENALTIES: First Offence: Fine of SR15,000 and one-month imprisonment
Second Offense: Fine of SR30,000 and three months in prison
Third Offense: Fine of SR100,000 and six months in prison
If the carrier is an expatriate resident, his Iqama shall be terminated and he shall be deported after the application of the penalty.






Moreover, Saudi Arabia is planning to impose drug test on all drivers before they can get their driver's license.


The Department of Transport is considering the new test in a bid to reduce the Kingdom's traffic accident rate.


According to Saudi Gazette, the traffic accident in Saudi is one of the worst in the world with an average of 17 people dying every day on road.

The department will refuse a license to anyone who fails the proposed test.
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