Saudi Transport Ministry takes steps to imporve road safety

Updated 12 December 2017
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Saudi Transport Ministry takes steps to imporve road safety

RIYADH: The Ministry of Transport on Sunday signed an agreement with E.T.C. Engineering Inc. to provide consultative engineering services in road safety, as part of the ministry’s pursuit to achieve one of the main strategic goals of the Vision 2030 concerning the enhancement of traffic safety.

This step comes within the context of the ministry’s efforts to raise the level of safety on the roads and reduce the number of deaths due to traffic accidents by 25 percent by 2020.

Minister of Transport Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi signed the contract in the presence of the deputy minister of transport, Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khallab, and a number of ministry officials and advisers of the international company, at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh.

The agreement included establishing main offices as well as branches all over the Kingdom in coordination with a special technical and logistical support office at E.T.C. Engineering headquarters in Ohio.

The agreement also includes evaluating and raising the level of safety on the roads; implementing the best international practices in this respect; preparing technical guides for road safety and traffic engineering; establishing a main control room at the ministry headquarters; updating the guidance systems; organizing safety measures for service workers; presenting comprehensive developmental solutions; and training engineers at the ministry.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.