For UK Citizens on Visit Visas or those in the process of obtaining their residence permits, you may drive on an international driving licence only until either the residence permit is stamped on your passport or until your visit visa expires.
According to the Traffic Department regulations, new applicants must now meet the following criteria:
1. Be a resident of Kuwait for a period of 2 years prior to the application
2. Hold a university degree
3. Earn a minimum salary of 400.000 KD
However, the following categories are exempt from these regulations:
• Housewives with children
• nursing staff
• translators and interpreters
• company heads
• university students
• technical staff
• all diplomatic staff
La noticia ha saltado esta mañana con el siguiente reportaje en el Arab Times de hoy 21 de Octubre de 2012:
He explained that according to a ministerial decision, the conditions for obtaining drivers licenses are salary above KD 400, possession of a university degree and resident of the country for more than two years.
He indicated that the decision to form the investigative committee was taken after they discovered that hundreds of expatriates obtained drivers licenses without meeting the necessary conditions.
He said initial investigations by the committee revealed that the applications were completed at service centers and were not sent to the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at Ministry of Interior, adding that the managers of the traffic departments approved several applications illegally.
He revealed that a comprehensive report on such transactions will be submitted to Dr Al-Za’abi, who will in turn forward the report to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud to take appropriate action.
He indicated that an investigation will be carried out to uncover those involved in the violation of the ministerial decision and those accused of the charge will be referred to the Public Prosecution, adding that the drivers’ licenses that were issued illegally will be withdrawn.
Y por otro lado en el diario Arab Times del 5 de Junio de 2012 ya nos avisaban de la intención de subir los precios de las tasas para el carnet de conducir y de comenzar una nueva regulación con el fin de bajar el número de coches del país, ¡Como si los expats tuvieramos algo que ver! El dueño del piso donde yo vivo tiene 7 coches para el solo:
Interior plans to increase fees to solve traffic jams New license will be issued for KD 500
The daily quoting sources stressed that ownership permit for new vehicles will cost KD 300 instead of KD 10 and renewed for KD 100, as against KD 10 for first car. Sources said charges will increase at an average of KD 100 each for ownership of another car, and noted that government is also planning to introduce toll for plying some highways in certain areas of Kuwait City to ensure safe use.
In response to some questions by MP Dr Ali Al-Omair regarding the efforts to reduce traffic logjams in the country, the ministry said a plan is afloat to privatize the technical examination and improve on the present system of traffic light operation.
The ministry is also planning to approve the proposed land transport authority and execute the third structural plan of Kuwait. The plan includes proposal to build road networks and new cities within a certain period, and the need to amend some aspects of traffic law. This will see to increase in the penalties for traffic violations such as excessive speeding, traffic light violation, stunting, reckless driving, insurance for new drivers and those who cause major accidents.