55% of KSA vehicles are uninsured

Updated 25 January 2016
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55% of KSA vehicles are uninsured

JEDDAH: An official at Najm Insurance Services has told local media that the database at his company shows that 60 to 65 percent of the traffic accidents in the Kingdom happen in major cities.
The insurance company specializes in minor accidents dealing with values of less than SR5,000, which make up 70 percent of the total number of traffic accidents in the Kingdom.
The insurance company offers services for applicants regarding traffic accidents that occur in remote cities where there are no such insurance companies. To make use of this innovative service, applicants can send their applications electronically to avoid having to travel long distances.
He said that the total number of the new insurance claim applications is estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 documents each month. He also noted that the available statistics indicate that 55 percent of the vehicles in the Kingdom are not insured, with the proportion of insured vehicles standing at just 45 percent.
He demanded a reconsideration of the applicable insurance mechanism to help increase the proportion of insured cars to 100 percent.


Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

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Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

KHARTOUM: A top Sudanese general has vowed to back Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran, Sudan's ruling military council said Friday.
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of Sudan’s new Transitional Military Council, made the comments during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah.
“Sudan is standing with the Kingdom against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias,” Dagalo, widely known as Himeidti, told the crown prince during their meeting, the council said in a statement.
Himeidti also said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month.
The statement, the council's first major foreign policy announcement, amounted to a continuation of the deposed leader's policy.