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09 December 2023

Sorry… requested car number not available!

By Staff

Saudi young men have come out with an innovative way to protest against an advanced speed camera system introduced in the Gulf Kingdom recently.

They simply concealed their car number plates with cardboards and sped past the camera. Instead of reading their car numbers, the camera read the following words “Sorry….the requested car number is not available.”’

In a report on Saturday, the Arabic language daily Sharq said the actions by several Saudi young men were part of “continuing public anger and protests” against the camera system, known as Saher.

“Some cars added the following words to that phrase….’if you think that this plate should not be restricted, you can call police at 999….for further information, please call Saher in Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia introduced Saher nearly a year ago within a drive to curb soaring traffic accidents caused by massive road violations.

The system has triggered public furor and incidents involving smashing some cameras. A member of the Shura council (appointed parliament) last week denounced Saher as a sort of “usury”, which is banned in Islam, and called for dismantling the system.