Cairo: Kuwait’s traffic authorities will soon impose a ban on delivery motorbikes on main and ring roads due to a rise in accidents, a traffic official has said.
“The General Directorate of Traffic works on issuing this decree to protect lives of road users and in view of increasing motorbike accidents on the ring and major roads,” Major Abdullah Bu Hassan, the media officer at the directorate, added.
He said that driving the delivery motorbikes will be restricted to residential areas according to stringent regulations.
“Some motorbikers do not observe security and safety regulations on the road. They do not stick to driving in the right lane and move at high speed among lanes, behaviour that has resulted in tragic accidents,” Bu Hassan added.
Delivery services have reportedly thrived in Kuwait due to restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Months ago, Kuwait’s General Directorate of Traffic launched a WhatsApp service via which it has so far received a total of 66,000 messages including complaints, observations and queries, according to Bu Hassan.
A total of 6,813 road mishaps were registered in Kuwait resulting in 352 deaths last year, he said.
Regarding traffic violations, he said that 29,000 road infringements related to talk on mobile phones while driving and lack of attention behind the wheel were booked last year.