The Saudi Advisory Council, operating as the kingdom’s parliament, has approved a new law in mid-May requiring drivers of all vehicles licensed in Saudi Arabia, as well as those crossing the country, to have compulsory-cooperative third party insurance.
The new legislation aims to protect drivers from other countries, traversing Saudi Arabia in the case of an accident. According to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the law is yet to be enacted as it awaits final approval by Saudi head of state, King Fahd.
The insurance regulations are expected to affect an significant number of vehicle owners. According to official statistics, the number of the cars imported into the country exceeded 200,000 in 1999.
There are now more than 1.2 million cars in Riyadh alone ― a figure considered relatively high, compared with other cities whose population outnumbers that of Riyadh. The population of the Saudi capital currently stands at four million. ― (MENA Report)
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