Saudi council deliberates on proposals to crack down on joyriders

The proposed measures against joyriders include a maximum of five-years jail, fines of up to SR40,000 ($10,665)

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The Shura Council in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday started deliberations on a proposal to crack down on stunt driving and approved adding a new penalty against violators of the Cyber Law.

The proposed measures against joyriders include a maximum of five-years jail, fines of up to SR40,000 ($10,665) and the confiscation of the vehicle.

According to the proposed amendments in the traffic law, those who engage in stunt driving for the first time will be fined up to SR10,000 ($2,666), jailed for a maximum of six months, and the vehicle confiscated for one month.

In the case of a repeat violation for a third time, the offender will be jailed for a period between one and five years, fined up to SR40,000 ($10,665). The vehicle will be confiscated. If the vehicle is not owned by the driver, he will be fined the equal amount of the vehicle’s value.

Amendments in the traffic law have been proposed to take penal action against those who assist joyriders through cash or kind, or encourage him to engage in the illegal activity. They will receive half of the punishment in terms of fine and jail given to the one who is convicted of stunt driving.

According to the amendments, gathering to encourage the joyrider will be considered a traffic violation. Such violators will face a fine of SR1,500 ($400) or the seizure of the vehicle for 15 days or both.

The punishment will be doubled if those involved in joyriding or encouraging them are found using drugs or alcohol or using stolen vehicles or disrupting traffic movement or defying the traffic authorities.

The council session also approved an addition to Article 6 of the Cyber Law, which stipulates that violators of the law shall be given a maximum of five-years jail or a SR3 million ($800,000) fine. The verdict against the violator will also be publicized in one or more local newspapers or through the way that deems suitable to the court.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, March 18, 205.