Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khaled Al-Sabah yesterday issued a ministerial decision with some amendments to the traffic law on driving licenses for non-Kuwaitis. According to the new amendments, a driving license’s validity will be linked to the validity of holders’ residency visas (iqamas). The new conditions also include age, health fitness, passing driving tests conducted by the traffic department, holding a valid iqama for at least two years prior to application, holding a university degree and receiving a minimum monthly salary of KD 600.
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Applicants for driving license are grouped as follows:
The decision exempts some categories of persons from the period of residence and salary condition:
1- Judges, members of Public Prosecution, consultants and experts.
2- Teaching staff in the universities and applied institutes.
3- Journalists and media practitioners
4- Doctors, pharmacists and engineers
5- Teachers and social specialists
6- Researchers irrespective of their job description, legal practitioners, translators, librarians, Imams of mosques who are working in government authorities.
7- Sports trainers working in sports federations and clubs in the government authorities
The decision exempts also some groups from the condition of period of residence as follows:
1- General Managers and their assistants irrespective of their job description
2- Managers irrespective of their job description
3- Accountants irrespective of their job description
4- Mandoubs irrespective of their job description The decision cancels the driving license of a driver, general company representative (Mandoub), the Mandoub for passports, and Mandoub for affairs of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor once he cancels the residence or changes the profession by which he obtained the driving license, and he will not be issued a new driving license unless he waits for two years from the date the previous license was canceled and follows new procedures.
It is worthy of note the driving license will be canceled once the holder changes the profession by which he obtained it, particularly if the new job title is not included in the list of professions entitled to a driving license.
Source : arabtimesonline.com