Traf­fic depart­ment re­leases new laws for tow­ing ve­hi­cles

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KUWAIT: The traf­fic depart­ment said it will im­ple­ment strict mea­sures to­wards ve­hi­cles that tow trail­ers in vi­o­la­tion of the law, and asked mo­torists to com­ply with traf­fic laws and rules of us­ing ve­hi­cles. As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Traf­fic Af­fairs Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dul­lah Al-Muhanna said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day morn­ing that the traf­fic depart­ment found it nec­es­sary to pre­pare a pro­posed de­ci­sion on the rules of us­ing ve­hi­cles to tow trail­ers, con­di­tions of their use, re­quire­ments and ex­plain vi­o­la­tions of tow­ing con­di­tions, which will be ex­plained by the im­ple­men­ta­tion list of the traf­fic law, its amend­ments and the de­ci­sions that ex­e­cute it.

He said there are rules and tech­ni­cal bases that ex­plain how to drive ve­hi­cles while tow­ing trail­ers and means of se­cur­ing the trail­ers when they are pulled, adding that ob­jects in­stalled by some mo­torists for tow­ing pur­poses are in clear vi­o­la­tion of tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions. He said there is a min­is­te­rial law for 2015 that added the types of ve­hi­cles men­tioned in ar­ti­cle 3 of de­creed law 67/1976, for ve­hi­cles pre­pared to tow things and oth­ers.

Muhanna said ve­hi­cles equipped with tow­ing tools that are in­stalled ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­men­da­tion should be lim­ited to per­sonal use, adding that the law will be ac­ti­vated at the start of next year. He said that af­ter see­ing some traf­fic ac­ci­dents, it was found out that the rea­son was towed trail­ers and ob­jects used in tow­ing, as they vi­o­late se­cu­rity and safety con­di­tions, with or with­out tow­ing.

Safety tool

He said that con­di­tions must be avail­able in tow­ing ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing the avail­abil­ity of safety tools in the trailer such as back light­ing, re­flect­ing tape, warn­ing tri­an­gle, first aid box and fire ex­tin­guisher, and it is not al­lowed to have pas­sen­gers in­side the trailer while driv­ing. Muhanna said among the con­di­tions is that the ve­hi­cle’s speed dur­ing tow­ing should not ex­ceed the min­i­mum limit of speed on the road, and it should be in the right lane and not leave it un­less nec­es­sary. Also, the length of the ve­hi­cle with the towed trailer should not ex­ceed 15 m, its height should not be more than four me­ters from the sur­face of the road and its width should not ex­ceed 260 cen­time­ters.

Muhanna pointed to the im­por­tance of making sure about the cor­rect weight men­tioned in the ve­hi­cle’s ti­tle and dis­trib­ute it equally around the cen­ter of grav­ity, and that loads should be well tied in­side the trailer so they re­main in place dur­ing driv­ing. Muhanna said the min­is­te­rial law in re­gards to small pri­vate cars adds a new type of car made for per­sonal use to trans­port one pas­sen­ger only be­sides the driver, and are not de­signed as mo­tor­cy­cles. He said the ad­di­tion of this new type of car un­der the ti­tle of small pri­vate ve­hi­cle comes in light of the de­vel­op­ment of man­u­fac­tur­ing cars and the reliance of world coun­tries on small en­gines that save fuel and re­duce emis­sions to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mean­while, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Re­la­tions and Se­cu­rity In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment Bri­gadier Adel Al-Hashash said the traf­fic is­sue has be­come a case that has in­ter­est at all lev­els. He said the is­sue is one of the min­istry’s pri­or­i­ties in or­der to guar­an­tee road safety and save the youth, as they are the true wealth of this coun­try. — KUNA

KUWAIT: As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Traf­fic Af­fairs Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dul­lah Al-Muhanna (cen­ter) is seen dur­ing yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence.

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