Sunday, October 29, 2006

Wasta and traffic fines :: Arab News

Saudis caught speeding and breaking traffic laws in the Kingdom simply call in their “wasta” (influential contacts) in order to get their fines canceled. Some Saudis simply tear up traffic tickets in the face of the issuing officer, daring him to take action if he can. Others tell officers not to bother wasting their time as they have senior “connections.”


Blogger bizzwhizz said...

same thing was very common in UAE. Now in order to get the speeding fines rem
oved you got to call ur wasta sameday or else ta ta and yes the RTA fines don't get removed

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Afiq said...

well thats right bizzwhizz...the way it works over here is that once the fine is issued it takes a day or two to get into the main computer. It is pretty easy to get it cancelled before it is entered in the main computer after which one would need a really big wasta for it to get removed. Now i think they have started to use systems which directly send the fines from the issuing officer to the main computer as many people had started cancelling their fines through some source or the other....

11:28 AM  

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