PS: The hotline you should call is 1720.
We all enjoy drinking on New Year’s Eve and we tend to overdo it which is fine but it’s never okay to drink and drive, even if you’ve only had one drink. You should always have a designated driver in case you need to go back home, but it’s preferable to stay home (or wherever you are) tomorrow night or take a taxi. If you can’t afford a taxi, the Ministry Of Interior and The Traffic Management Center, with the help of Alfa and the cooperation of The General Syndicate of Lebanon’s Taxi Drivers, launched the «ما تشرب و تسوق…ارجع بتاكسي مجاناً» to make sure everyone gets home safely.
This being said, “ما تكون بلا راس السنة” and take a taxi if you must. Otherwise, enjoy your night and happy new year everyone!
Update2: Carfax is not blocked in Lebanon as it’s giving the same message in other countries. It’s probably an internal technical issue or something related to their servers.
Update: Carfax.eu is still working
A friend asked me yesterday night if I was able to open carfax and it didn’t open but I thought it was down or something.
As it turns out and as reported by Ralph From BlogOfTheBoss and Rami, the Lebanese Authorities may have blocked carfax for some reason as it is not accessible on all ISPs.
The driver who ignored the red light should be put in prison. Let’s set up an example for others to follow since the authorities wish to implement a new traffic law.
I saw the pictures yesterday online and Elie shared with me a video showing the car burning near ZWZ Jal el Dib on the highway. It doesn’t look like it hit anything so I am not sure why it’s on fire.
Update: Yasa updated the title and added “Very Dangerous And Illegal Driver”. Thank you Yasa and Captain Moutran for the follow up.
I love Yasa and the work they are doing but one of their recent posts on Facebook caught my attention. They shared a video of some idiotic motorist who’s showing off on the highway and wrote a title that says ” بالفيديو لبناني مجنون يذهل الناس احكم بنفسك”. If I didn’t know what Yasa stood for, I would think they were complimenting this guy, specially when they mentioned that he had a “casque” on his head.
I think what’s even more surprising is how no one arrested this guy as he was showing off on a crowded highway (Dora) during the holidays where policemen should be all everywhere to help with traffic congestion.
Check the video [Here].
I believed the news for a second but it turned out to be a stunt from the Lebanese ISF on Twitter. Santa was helping the officers in their road safety awareness campaign.
I went down to the bank to pay my mecanique fees today but the teller told me that there are fines that I have to go check at the Nef3a and pay first . I went to the ISF website to see if I have any pending speed tickets but didn’t find any. I don’t remember getting any speed ticket and I didn’t park anywhere illegal to get parking fines so I am not sure what this is about. I think I’d rather pay late fees than drive to Nef3a during this week.
In all cases, I think it’s about time we make this whole procedure online.
We’ve been hearing about a new traffic and driving law for quite some time in Lebanon, and it looks like the authorities will start implementing it as of next year. The new law is designed to reduce Lebanon’s high rate of traffic accidents and will include the points system for drivers, the establishment of traffic schools, a national council for traffic safety and a special traffic unit of the Internal Security Forces. Every driver will start with 12 points which will be deducted based on the severity of the violation. YASA and Roads for Life were among the many organizations who pushed for issuing this new law.
Personally speaking, Lebanon needed a new traffic law and I am glad we have a new decent one but the problem remains the same: Who will implement it?
People have been sharing the new fines to be implemented (see above) and I think that’s the wrong way to start. The aim should be to raise awareness among Lebanese drivers not collect more fines from them, and this strategy has already failed when Ziad Baroud tried to implement it. More importantly, establishing a decent and non-corrupt special traffic unit in EVERY area in Lebanon is a must before implementing any traffic law. If the cops don’t respect the law no one will. Maybe a good way to avoid bribery and corruption would be to issue the fines electronically.
In all cases, I didn’t hear any official statement yet from the ISF or the Ministry of Interior so let’s wait and see what’s gonna happen.
I spotted one of the Park Meter officer fining a car the other day and I bought from him a Park Meter prepaid card that you can use on machines. As I was giving him the money, he was complaining on how this car has been parked for more than 2 hours without a ticket and that its driver never showed up. Honestly speaking, I agree with the officer but I wonder why Park Meter doesn’t set up prepaid cards dispensers so that people can buy these cards when needed. Most of the time, people don’t have coins and supermarkets and small grocery stores get pissed when someone asks for coins.
Prepaid cards are currently sold at Libanpost offices currently or with Park Meter officers if you ever find them.
Update2: Uber Beirut confirmed that these claims are not true and that business is running as usual.
Mustapha shared me with me this morning an article from Annahar stating that Uber will be banned in Lebanon after complaints by the taxi syndicate. Uber Beirut launched back in July and has been offering an excellent service at competitive prices. I personally used it at least 6 times so far and I have nothing to complain about.
As far as the ban is concerned, I honestly find it unfair and there are three things that I didn’t understand:
1- How are the Lebanese authorities going to ban Uber from all social media channels? How does that work?
2- Didn’t the ministry approve Uber’s business in Beirut before they launched? I don’t think they just launched the service here without any prior approval.
3- Can’t the ministry agree with Uber on using taxi drivers? or get its drivers a proper taxi license plate?
By the way I just checked the app and it’s working normally.
Update: Here’s a one-month old [article] about the same issue in the Daily Star. Thanks Elie!