Horrifying Penalties for Sheltering the Over-Stayers After Performing Hajj and Umrah

Saudi authorities are very strict when it comes to imposing penalties on the people who help the Hajj or the Umrah pilgrims by providing them shelter to overstay in Saudi Arabia. Over stayers are penalized too as well as those people who helped them.

Punishments of sheltering the Hajj and Umrah over stayer

1. If the violator is an expatriate resident, his fines are SR 10 000 or a one-month imprisonment or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation.

2. If the violator is a citizen, his fines are SR 10 000 and a minimum of two weeks imprisonment for the first offense. SR 20 000 and one-month imprisonment for the second offense and SR 30 000 and three months imprisonment for the third offense.

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Drivers Caught Using Mobile Phones While Driving Will Face Jail Term and a Minimum of SR 500 in Penalties

Saudi Traffic Violation: Traffic accidents happen to be really common in Saudi Arabia and currently, the rate of occurrence for road accidents is pretty alarming at 24 of 100,000 traffic related deaths each year. Since Saudi Arabia has a population of around 30 million, around 7,200 people die due to road mishaps.

Among the reasons for these traffic accidents is using mobile phones while driving. Given the alarming statistics, the Government implemented a new law to address this problem. With the enactment of this law, drivers caught fiddling with their devices while driving will be fined heavily and jailed. General Department of Traffic Safety Director, Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Rashidi said that this law will take immediate effect. A driver found speeding would be sent three text messages, after which they will be asked to appear at the traffic office.
“If the person fails to appear at the given date and time, the department will automatically suspend all his traffic services, and slap a penalty,” he said.

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