No new law on old cars

Updated 05 July 2012
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No new law on old cars

The Makkah traffic police have denied rumors that it will soon implement a new law throughout the province prohibiting the renewal of registrations for vehicles manufactured before 1990.
Fawzi Al-Ansari, spokesman for the Makkah traffic police, told Arab News: “This is simply not true. There are no such plans to introduce such a law as we have not received any such directives from the Ministry of Transport.”
However, mechanics and others employed in the Kingdom’s automotive industry claim otherwise.
Bilal, a Palestinian mechanic and automotive electrician, said: “I heard the traffic police will be enforcing a new regulation soon to reduce the number of old cars on the road and improve air.”
He added police will also stop drivers of older cars, escort them to the scrap yard, weigh the vehicle and pay the owner for the vehicle according to its scrap metal value.
Others say fears over whether this law will be implemented have led to certain knock-on effects.
Benny Santos, a Filipino employee at an auto repair shop in Jeddah, said: “I have just finished repairing and rebuilding a 1986 Mercedes Benz and have been trying for three months to sell the car, but no one has offered to buy it even after I lowered the asking price to SR 1,000.”
To help in ridding the streets of older cars, in 2009 Saudi customs banned cars more than five years old from entering the Kingdom’s ports.
Sulaiman Al Tuwaijeri, director of customs at the Jeddah Islamic Port, told Arab News in a previous interview: “The ban is on used cars, buses and light vehicles more than five years old. Heavy vehicles more than 10 years old are also not allowed to be imported.”
In 2008, more than 140,000 used cars valued at SR 17.5 billion were imported into the Kingdom, accounting for 26 percent of total vehicles imported for the year.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.