Implementation of the code of conduct should be delayed
The move follows strong demand from businesses and small entrepreneurs, including restaurants and coffee shops. The traders demanded that implementation of the code of conduct on October 1, as decided earlier, would affect their business in a big way and they needed more time to implement the guidelines. They complained that delivery service workers had become the backbone of their business and that the sudden implementation of the code of conduct would make it impossible for many of them to work.
Traders say that labor shortage is severe
Ibrahim Al Tuwaiji, head of the Federation of Delivery Companies Union, said that many companies were forced to close down due to labor shortages. At present it takes about two weeks for a worker to get a health card. There are also procedures for changing sponsorship. In such a situation, he demanded that the implementation of the law should be postponed to the beginning of next year. In view of this, the authorities ordered the postponement of the implementation of the code of conduct for three months.
New MPs in support of traders
The new MPs who won the elections to the National Assembly held yesterday also came forward in support of this demand of the traders. The new MPs made several tweets in this regard. The MPs also came forward saying that more time is needed to acquire licenses etc. as per the code of conduct. Last August, the Kuwaiti authorities came up with a new code of conduct for delivery workers in the country.
Health card and visa are mandatory
The new condition is that the driver driving the delivery vehicle must have a health card and an ID card. The code of conduct states that not only the employees who do not meet the required health standards, but also the owners of the establishment will be penalized. A special sticker issued by the Kuwait Municipality for delivery vehicles must be affixed to the vehicle. Delivery workers may only work on a visa issued by the company for which the delivery service is provided. Another condition is that the driver of a delivery bike or vehicle including a car must wear a specific uniform during duty.
A relief to traders
The authorities will take measures including suspending the license of establishments that employ home delivery workers in violation of the rules. Home delivery system became widespread in the country during the covid pandemic. Even though the spread of covid has decreased, the home delivery system remains unchanged. But in the context of widespread complaints that many of them violate traffic rules, get into road accidents and drive vehicles in a way that endangers pedestrians and other vehicles, Kuwait has formulated a special code of conduct for them. The extension of the implementation of the code of conduct for three months will be a relief to many traders and home delivery workers, including Malayalis.