Emergency Lane Violators

Posted by Mark

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I got the image above via whatsapp yesterday but I dismissed it as a fake, something someone might have created to go viral but according to Arab Times its actually true. People who use the emergency lanes during traffic will now be detained at the police station for up to 48 hours and also have their cars impounded for three months. I really hope this law actually gets enforced. [Link]

Thanks Fahad


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  1. Vin says:

    Oh! But how are they going to monitor or catch them. The other day an ubiquitous trucker blasted past with hazards on, at about 100mph , half on the emergency lane, the mandatory 1 feet behind the car in front and vehicles scattering from his path. And up ahead there was a cop car at the side with the lights on. I thought here we go! Now someone’s getting a beat down. But nah! The cop did not even flinch!

  2. Sumsang says:

    What about Fahaheel Exp towards the city? The left shoulder had its bumps filled in, there are yellow flashing lights from 7-9:30am, and they have guys put up signs saying 45km/h. How can the article claim that they don’t allow people to drive on the shoulder during rush hour?

    As always, great confusion with everything.

  3. d'fine says:

    lolooooooooooooooo….they need to build larger holding cells for Kuwaitis.. you know the one with build in plasma and 24 hour maid service..

  4. Ali says:

    Like millions of laws collecting dust, my 1 month new car’s wind shield got 5 cracks due to f..ks speeding on emergency lane.

    • Vin says:

      I would really like to know more. Care to elaborate on how exactly this happened.

      • Q8D says:

        Dust and stone collect on the shoulder due to wind. You drive on the left lane, a car passes on the emergency lane, said dust and stone is kicked up in the air by the tires and wind from the passing car. Flies onto your car, hits your windshield at speed and CRACK.

      • Ali says:

        Q8D is correct, plus the road asphalt is re paved regularly but the emergency lanes is there for many years so the stone pellets comes out easly and fly into coming cars

        • Vin says:

          I have been sprayed once but no damage. But taught me to keep my windows rolled up in that lane. I see what you mean now. Always a good idea to get to the middle lane when traffic slows down, I do it so I can take an exit if things are really tied up. But it avoids these stone sprays as well.

  5. Zorbon says:

    Another law that will be enforced only on expats, who, MOSTLY, do not even dare break the law :)

    • What are you talking about?!?! I am an expat myself and I have seen a large portion of expats breaking traffic laws here in Kuwait. Now to be fair, as far as driving on the emergency lane… I have never seen an Expat drive on the emergency lane, personally. I agree that Laws should be enforced on ALL residents of Kuwait both citizen and non-citizen. I just don’t like it when people try to make it look like us Expats are saints compared to Kuwaitis. Each has its own bad apples.

      • sarah says:

        i have personally seen PLENTY of expats using the emergency lane
        they have become as bad as the locals in this regard….and much worse..

  6. Nixon says:

    Its good to create the rule, it would be great if they implement it.

    hope they do.

  7. Hielda says:

    No deporting this time?

  8. Tricks says:

    Mark! Mark! I saw a pig fly today…

  9. Security Adviser says:

    Yeah right, The expression when hell freezes over comes to mind… and I some how dont see Satan shopping at Woolworths for Thermal Underwear anytime soon..

    You wanna catch these Ass holes? Install full time active cameras that focus on the emergency lanes 24/7. With esception to the actual justifiable breakdowns ie vehicles with hazards on and not actually moving at all they should pull up any all vehicles that are not emergency vehicles that drive on the emergency lane.

  10. pickles says:

    the idea of letting people drive on emergency lane on morning rush is very stupid. you get morons (males,females,old,young,all nationalities,etc,etc) driving above speed limit (100 km/h) on the emergency lane, and suddenly last moment switch lanes front of you. the genius who came up with this idea is the one to be put on jail.

    I wonder why in Kuwait we don’t have patrolling police cars, drive on main two highways in kuwait in your A/C car and spot violators. no need for all those speed cameras and half-assed laws.

    drive safe everyone !

  11. Row says:

    I have an unrelated question. My neighbor in Jabriya has a lioness in his yard and it isn’t chained up or anything. The wall between our houses isn’t high enough and I have a young child who likes to play outside in out yard. We called the police and they didn’t know what to do and told us to go to the police station, so we went to the police station and no one there knew what to do either! We were told to come back in the moring to see someone with a higher rank who “might” know what the law says about this! What a joke!! So they will only do something when this lion attacks someone? Why wait untill someone is hurt or killed to do their job?!?! My question is, is there someone or some place I can contact about this wild animal next door ?!

    • Ashraf says:

      Forget the emergency lane… this is more interesting.. tell us more ;)

      Jokes apart.. i think KSPATH can help you out on this..

      Address: P.O.Box 26122 Safat 13122, Kuwait
      Shelter Telephone Line: (+965) 67001622
      Fax: (+965) 25234179
      General inquiries: info@kspath.org

      I’m not sure if they will be very helpful.. but you can try.

      Also you can speak to Fajer about this to find out the legal aspect.

      sme@fajerthelawyer.com

      lioness next door.. WOW!!!

    • Joe says:

      Get a lawyer!

    • Ali says:

      Row go to Jabriya police station and go directly to the police station head officer, this is a major life and death issue. A few years back I lived in a new area next to my house there was a yard full of chickens ducks and peacocks, I wrote a polite note and stuck it on the yard door, nothing changed, went to the police they told me to go to the municipality, went there told them I cant sleep from the noise, and I cant locate the owner of the yard, he comes once a week, one of them told me why dont you find your own solution and winked, I brought a high powered air gun from a friend,2 hours later there was a poultry mass massacre, I didnt like what I did but I had to do it to get some sleep.

      • Sumsang says:

        What he did might have been a violation of municipal code; what you did is a criminal offense (also very nasty on so many levels).

        • Vin says:

          Completely agree

          1. that was a waste of good meat and 2. That is wrong, as annoying as it is that is somebody else’s property or possession.

          • Ali says:

            Sumsang and Vin , I will bring my 50 noisy bird pets and put it 3 meters from your bedroom windows, screaming loudly all night depriving you and your kids from sleeping all night while I’m in my house in a different area having a peaceful long night’s sleep

      • Row says:

        Yes I am going to the head officer today! If they do anything I’ll do what someone else suggested and throw some meat over the wall with some poison in it!!! My child’s safety is more important than the life of this lion, sorry! And as for kspath, I’ve contacted them and no reply! Thanks for your advice!

        • Ashraf says:

          Please don’t poison the lion.. there are anyways very few left in the world.. I’m sure there will be a better solution.

          • Row says:

            If no one does anything about it in the next week I don’t see there is another option. If you have any suggestions on how to deal with this please let me know. My main and ONLY concern is my child.

            • Ashraf says:

              Ok.. so i did some research..

              this is what the law says..
              “According to Article No. 243 of the Civil Law, the breeders are responsible for taking care of their animals and also for the damage these animals cause. So in case the animal injures a person, the owner should compensate for the injured person and is responsible for his welfare,”

              Also, there’s a organisation PAAAFR “Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources ” who are equipped to catch these wild animals. however, they are not allowed to enter houses. they can catch the animal from public places, farms etc..

              i think this is their number.. 24761117.
              Website: http://www.paaf.gov.kw/

              hope this helps.

              • Row says:

                Thank you for your research! So basically I have to wait until the animal harms us or someone else?!? That is absolutely ridiculous . I don’t want to be compensated for someone’s life! I will not wait .i will call paaarf, but if they can not enter people’s homes I don’t know how useful they will be. So ppl are allowed to breed and keep these animals in the suburbs ?! Well I think I’ll get myself an elephant, giraffe and a tigger and put them in my yard! According to the civil law if they harm anyone it’s ok I’ll just pay up! I just can’t get my head around it! I love animals but my child’s life is more important than the life of a lion. Maybe if I cause enough drama about it the authorities might do something.

              • Row says:

                Thank you for your research! So basically I have to wait until the animal harms us or someone else?!? That is absolutely ridiculous . I don’t want to be compensated for someone’s life! I will not wait .i will call paaarf, but if they can not enter people’s homes I don’t know how useful they will be. So ppl are allowed to breed and keep these animals in the suburbs ?! Well I think I’ll get myself an elephant, giraffe and a tigger and put them in my yard! According to the civil law if they harm anyone it’s ok I’ll just pay up! I just can’t get my head around it! I love animals but my child’s life is more important than the life of a lion. Maybe if I cause enough drama about it the authorities might do something.

              • Row says:

                Thank you for your research! So basically I have to wait until the animal harms us or someone else?!? That is absolutely ridiculous . I don’t want to be compensated for someone’s life! I will not wait .i will call paaarf, but if they can not enter people’s homes I don’t know how useful they will be. So ppl are allowed to breed and keep these animals in the suburbs ?! Well I think I’ll get myself an elephant, giraffe and a tigger and put them in my yard! According to the civil law if they harm anyone it’s ok I’ll just pay up! I just can’t get my head around it! I love animals but my child’s life is more important than the life of a lion. Maybe if I cause enough drama about it the authorities might do something.

      • Ashraf says:

        You are so freaking evil.. what you should have done is gather some friends.. get a huge truck.. get all the chickens, ducks & peacocks on the truck n then organize a party in your diwaniyah with Chicken, duck & peacock machboos ;)

    • pickles says:

      Jabriya police station is horrible, if they are available.

  12. 3azeez says:

    The picture above does not say “detention up to”… It said “detention for”. There is a difference.

    and for impounding the car… It said,from 1 to 3,months.

    honestly speaking, this is bullshit.

    first, who break the law are people who don’t get fined in first place. Like cars registered for,ministry of,interior, military.. Etc. Fine them… Then start talking about us.

    I am sure that most of the cars they’re going to impound and people they’re going to hold in prison are those who happened to commit that traffic violation for the first time or just ppl of bad luck!!


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