Small cars banned from holy sites during hajj

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail|08 September 2016| 06 Zhul Hijjah 1437

Jeddah: Small cars will be banned from entering the holy sites and Makkah beginning Thursday morning, Sept. 8, to prevent traffic jams.

“Only buses and transportation systems available for pilgrims to go to Haram and the holy sites during Haj will be allowed,” said the Public Security Department on its Twitter and other social media sites.

Small cars entering Makkah and the holy sites create more traffic jams and delays, which is why they are banned during Haj, it said.

Millions of pilgrims have already reached Makkah and transporting them between the holy sites of Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and Haram is a tough task and vehicular traffic needs to be controlled as much as possible.

According to a recent report, security men at the checkpoints have already sent back or impounded more than 28,000 vehicles, as they violated the conditions for transporting pilgrims. According to the rules, a vehicle should not carry less than 25 passengers and drivers must carry special permits.

According to the Makkah governorate, drivers transporting pilgrims without permit and transportation license will be fined SR100,000 and jailed for two years. The offender shall not be released even on bail.

Source – Arab news