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New rules for delivery companies; permits for new firms suspended

KUWAIT: Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah issued a decision to amend some rules regarding transportation and delivery activities on Monday. “The issuance of new licenses for motorized vehicles to companies and institutions that practice or desire to engage in providing logistics services, deliver consumer orders or transport goods shall be suspended. It is permissible for companies and establishments that currently carry out these activities to replace vehicles that are out of service with new ones,” the decision stated.

Establishments that already have approval from the traffic department before the issuance of this decision can practice this activity and register new motorized vehicles in accordance with the following conditions and controls: The establishment must have at least one branch in a location that does not obstruct traffic.     The company or establishment must own at least one of the following vehicles: One private car and five light transport vehicles (under two tons) or six motorbikes and one private car or one light transport vehicle. In all cases, the total number of the aforementioned vehicles must not exceed 90 in order to be approved.

The vehicles must not be more than three years old when registering and should go out of service seven years after their year of manufacture. Motorcycles must not be more than a year old when registering and should go out of service four years after their production date. All vehicles must have yellow license plates. The driver of the vehicle is obligated to wear a company or institution-specific vest, whose specifications are determined by the Technical inspection department of the general traffic department.

Lights and reflective tapes should be affixed to the attached box of motorbikes. Drivers of motorbikes must wear a helmet while driving, and it must be of a phosphorescent color. Motorbikes cannot be driven on highways and ring roads.

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