Bahrain expat driving ban clause 'unconstitutional'
Manama, July 3, 2014
Bahrain's Constitutional Court has ruled as unconstitutional Article 20 of the draft traffic law which bars expatriates from driving unless their job requires it.
The court, chaired by president Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, said the article is not in compliance with provisions of the constitution, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Constitutional Court vice-president Dr Mohammed Al Mashadani and member judges Salman Isa Seyadi, Dr Dhoha Ibrahim Al Zayani, Nawfal bin Abdulsalam Ghorbal, Ali Abdulla Al Duwaishan, Saeed Hassan Al Haiki and secretary-general Abdulhameed Ali Al Shaer attended the session.
It was parliament that first inserted the article into the draft traffic law and MPs refused to omit it because they claimed that most traffic offences are committed by expatriates.
Shura Council also approved it because they did not want the entire 64-article law to be shelved.
However, a plea went out to His Majesty King Hamad to refer the offending article to the Constitutional Court to ensure it is not in breach of the constitution. It was referred to the court by Royal Order dated June 25. - TradeArabia News Service