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Kuwait: KKMA holds seminar on defensive driving awareness


Report & pics by Wilson Saldanha - Shirthady/Kuwait
Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait

Kuwait, Jun 23: The Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association (KKMA), the largest organization of Indian nationals living in Kuwait held a special public awareness seminar on ‘Defensive Driving Awareness (DDA)’ on Friday June 21 at Indian community school from 7.30 pm onwards. The seminar was conducted under the guidance of Ministry of Interior Kuwait in association with American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Kuwait Chapter.

After the formal introduction by compere of the evening SM Basheer, the program started with recitation of the Quran. The guests of the evening Ambassador of India to Kuwait Satish C Mehta, Lieutenant Colonel Harbi Abdulla Al Shumiaan, Lieutenant Colonel Nawaf Al Hayyan, Chief Area Commander Abdulla Bahman, Public Procecuter Huissein Abu Shalfa, Captain Abdul Mohsen Ali, Abdullah Al Otaibi, incharge of Salmiya traffic department, Fadel Al Ali, chairman ASSE Kuwait Chapter, Vasudevan N, president ASSE Kuwait Chapter, Prakash Nair, Farhad Khan, Ashok Kalra and other dignitaries were invited to the dais and honored with flower bouquets.

After the welcome speech by KKMA president Abdul Fatah, KKMA chairman Sageer Trikarpur delivered the opening remarks. Ambassador of India to Kuwait Satish C Mehta launched the program symbolically by operating remote to start the presentation. He also spoke regarding the present crackdown on illegals and the support of Kuwait Government and Indian Embassy to Indians through help lines. A memento was received by Lieutenant Colonel Nawaf Al Hayyan on behalf of Major General Abdul Fattah Al Ali. He also released Safe driver pledge tag which was distributed to the audience.

After the felicitation speech by Fadel Al Ali, chairman ASSE Kuwait Chapter, a presentation on ‘Road Safety’ was presented by Vasudevan N, president ASSE Kuwait Chapter. Presentation on ‘Traffic Awareness’ by Lieutenant Colonel Harbi Abdulla Al Shumiaan really brought confidence in audience which had a vast information on eligibility for driving license, traffic rules and morals, movement rules, crossovers & passing priorities, traffic offences and penalties. He thanked Indian community in Kuwait as they are very good follower of traffic rules and very good in using Kuwait roads. He asked everyone to respect traffic rules and to be safe. He mentioned that Kuwait Government welcomes any number of expatriates provided they enter legally and respect the rules of Kuwait. He said Kuwait respect expatriates as they helped to build Kuwait. He also asked not to respond any rumors and contact concerned authorities in Embassy or traffic department in case of wrong identification of offenses.

A question and answer session led by Lieutenant Colonel Harbi Abdulla Al Shumiaan and Lieutenant Colonel Nawaf Al Hayyan was responded by a huge number of questions which indicated the success of seminar.

Mementoes were awarded to ASSE and their trainers Farhad Kjan and Prakash Nair. The program came to an end with vote of thanks by Hamza Payannur, Organizing Secretary of KKMA. Earlier in the day Defensive driving Awareness training for drivers was conducted which was attended by about 220 drivers who were also awarded certificates. The program was well compered by SM Basheer.


Following are the some issues discussed during question answer session:

• Those who got license as a dependent or student can drive as far as they retain the status of their residency. Once they change their status or start to work, the license issued will not be valid and they must apply for a new license if their job is eligible to get a license.

• Those who got license as domestic drivers can drive as far as they retain the status of their residency. Once they change their status or start to work in companies, the license issued will not be valid and they must apply for a new license if their job is eligible to get a license.

• Those owning a car with valid driver license must use it for their own transportation and not for transportation of public as a taxi. Family members or friends can be accommodated in the car, which will need to be proved if asked by a police officer.

• If the red signal is crossed safely to give way to Police, ambulance or fire, it will not be considered as an offense. In case of any fines for the same can be discussed in traffic department as the photo taken by speeding camera will show the evidence.

• Even though crossing the red signal is a serious offence, the drivers will not be deported for their first offense. The repeating the same and frequency of the repeat will be considered for deportation as he/she will be considered as danger for public during driving. This is applicable for other offenses too.

• Any deportation for traffic offense will not be done immediately and only done after completing formalities. There will be proper time between the offense and deportation for hearing and to clear any dues as the person will owe for company, banks, phone/electricity/accommodation providers etc.

• While driving using of mobile phone is prohibited. Using hands free is allowed to talk. But dialing, messaging, using social networks on phone while driving will lead into get a ticket.

• The car provided by company should be driven by the employee and not by his family members. A person with valid driving license can drive his/her relative’s or friend’s car with their concern/permission. Driving a car without the knowledge of owner will be considered as offense.

• Any change of address should be informed to traffic department immediately through a simple formality. The driver needs to fill a form and submit to traffic department with a copy of civil ID containing new address.

• Driving lesser than minimum speed mentioned on the roads is also considered as offense. Even though Indians are considered as good drivers in Kuwait, among the Indian community the major two problems are using the personal vehicle for transporting passengers as taxi and driving at lesser speed than the mentioned. Some of the drivers consider driving slow is safe and drive at very low speed without considering the cars at front, back or beside them which will confuse other drivers. Slow drivers should use right side lanes and allow left side lanes for fast drivers. A way should be provided for the fast drivers if they approach from behind. Using a moderate speed considering the type of road on proper lanes with safe distance only lead to a safe driving.

Comment on this article

  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 25 2013

    Aubb, KuwaitMonday, June 24, 2013
    Clarification required on the following :

    Point No.3.

    (A) How does one prove that the passenger travelling in ones own car is a friend or a relative as there a possibility that the dumb traffic policemen insist that the driver is carrying a passenger for a fee!!

    does one have to obtain a certificate from the authorities to do so?? Ridiculous!!!

    IT IS WELL KNOWN IN KUWAIT MANY USE THEIR PRIVATE CARS AS TAXIS AND BECAUSE OF THEM OTHERS FACE PROBLEMS. iF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR FRIENDS WITH YOU, YOU SHOULD BE CAPABLE TO ANSWER THE BASIC QUESTIONS FROM TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT REGARDING YOUR FRIEND OTHER THAN HIS NAME. THEY ARE EXPERIENCED, TRAINED AND SMART. THEY CAN FIND THE FACT JUST BY OUR FACE EXPRESSIONS. ONE OF THE FACT Lieutenant Colonel Harbi Abdulla Al Shumiaan TOLD REGARDING INDIANS IS WE GET SCARED WHENEVER WE SEE POLICE AND ALWAYS AVOID CHECK POINTS. IF WE ARE LEGAL AND HAVE NOT DONE ANY OFFENCE NO NEED OF GETTING SCARED OF POLICE.

    Point No.6

    Will the traffic dept. allow and ensure that a deportee will receive all his service indemnities from the place of his employment before he/she is deported?

    IF SOMEONE DOES OFFENCE, HE SHOULD RECEIVE PUNISHMENT. TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES SUCH AS RENT, ELECTRICITY BILLS, PHONE BILLS ETC. SO THINK HUNDRED TIMES BEFORE BREAKING ANY TRAFFIC LAWS. DEPORTATION IS ONLY FOR REPEATED SERIOUS OFFENCES.

    Why has the traffic dept. come up with this issue all of a sudden??

    THE RULES ARE FROM THE BEGINNING. THEY JUST STARTED TO IMPLEMENT STRICTLY.

    JUST FOLLOW THE RULES AND LIVE SAFELY.

    Kuwait is not cracked down on expatriates. They just started implementing the law and order. We must obey the rules of country we stay if we need to stay peacefully for a long time.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Mon, Jun 24 2013

    Clarification required on the following :

    Point No.3.

    (A) How does one prove that the passenger travelling in ones own car is a friend or a relative as there a possibility that the dumb traffic policemen insist that the driver is carrying a passenger for a fee!!

    does one have to obtain a certificate from the authorities to do so?? Ridiculous!!!

    Point No.6

    Will the traffic dept. allow and ensure that a deportee will receive all his service indemnities from the place of his employment before he/she is deported?

    Why has the traffic dept. come up with this issue all of a sudden??

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  • salam b.a., kuwait

    Mon, Jun 24 2013

    Thank you daijiworld for your coverage

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  • Sageer, Kuwait

    Mon, Jun 24 2013

    Thank you Daijiworld and Wilson for your support.
    Sageer Trikarpur

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  • S.M Basheer, Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 23 2013

    Dear Wilson,
    Thank you for attending the event and displaying the Media responsibility towards society, well covered and KKMA appreciate your talent and good Journalisim.
    S.M Basheer

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