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Kuwait Drivers Without Drivers’ Licenses

This disturbing piece of writing is from the Arab Times. Disturbing not just because Kuwaiti citizens are driving without licenses – that’s nothing new – but also because some editor let this piece run without some badly needed editing. Ayb!


Some Citizens Said Driving For Many Years ‘Without’ License


KUWAIT CITY, Nov 23: Intensive traffic campaign the Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs embarks upon since the past few months uncovered that some Kuwaitis have been driving for many years without license, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. A source disclosed that a Kuwaiti in his 40s’ recently applied for driver’s license at a driving test section. The added the act is strange in Kuwait since almost every Kuwaiti goes for driving test at the age of 18. Other driving test sections have received similar applications from many Kuwaitis in their late 20s and 30s. Some of the concerned citizens changed their minds to apply for driver’s license after they were caught by traffic officers. He also said many others were caught driving


“The added the act is strange . . . ”   Gibberish. And what about that lead sentence?

November 24, 2013 - Posted by | Communication, Cultural, Just Bad English, Kuwait, Language, Living Conditions, Safety, Social Issues


  1. Almost looks like they let the computer translate it.

    Comment by momcatwa | November 24, 2013 | Reply

  2. I know a lot of Kuwaitis who drive without licenses – or expired licenses, registrations, etc. Seems to be no big deal for them. Until recently (Reign of Terror/Abdulfetah) no one seemed to care.

    Comment by Desert Girl | November 24, 2013 | Reply

  3. Momcat – Hadn’t thought of that. I thought the person knew what he wanted to say but had problems translating the concepts . . . computer translation might explain the bizarre English.

    Desert Girl – It’s true, why bother with getting a license when enforcement is inclined to let it go if you are Kuwaiti? A lot of kids are driving long before legal age and just keep driving. Adults don’t see the necessity, and it’s all so inconvenient. The “reign of terror” would be known in most countries of as enforcement of the existing laws, LLOOLL! Keifee!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 25, 2013 | Reply

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