Saudi Arabia declares a 50% reduction in traffic fines

A major decision about traffic charges has been issued by Colonel Mansour Al-Shakrah, the official spokesperson for the General Directorate of Traffic. Citizens, residents, and guests are all subject to this decision, which includes a 50% reduction in fines.

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The necessity of following safety laws was emphasized by Al-Shakrah in order to reduce infractions and improve road safety nationwide.

Al-Shakrah provided detailed information regarding the scope of the reduction. It covers all violations committed before the specified date of 9/10/1445 AH, corresponding to 18/4/2024. To avail of this reduction, individuals must settle all accumulated traffic fines within a six-month window, commencing from April 18, 2024, to October 18, 2024.

The spokesperson clarified that the discount offers flexibility in payment methods, allowing fines to be paid either in a single lump sum or separately for each violation. Additionally, he highlighted the application of Article 75 of the Traffic Law to violations committed from April 18, 2024 onwards. This article provides a 25% reduction on single violations, as per the new announcement. Al-Shakrah emphasized the enforcement measures outlined in Article 75, which include imprisonment and enforcement if fines remain unpaid after the objection period and the legally stipulated payment deadline expire.

It's noteworthy that the 50% reduction applies specifically to violations occurring before April 18, 2024, under certain conditions, while the 25% reduction applies to violations committed from that date onwards. Instances ineligible for the 25% reduction include cases where the 15-day payment period lapses without applying for the 90-day extension or after 30 days of the special 90-day payment period if requested.

This decree, enforced by the Ministry of Interior following directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, delineates specific traffic violations that are ineligible for the 50% reduction. These include offenses such as drifting, driving under the influence of narcotics or drugs, and exceeding speed limits by significant margins on designated roads.

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