No Haj without permit: Checkpoints caught 98,000
Security forces have prohibited 98,000 people from getting into Makkah for the reason that they did not have Haj permits, the Interior Ministry stated in a statement on Monday. The respective authorities did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter the holy sites due to the fact that they were not licensed to carry pilgrims.
Police also seized 85 vehicles for breaking other Haj-related regulations.
Drivers of utility vehicles carrying water and essential commodities, and pilgrim buses, were need to leave Makkah as soon as they finished their tasks.
Government Authorities launched the ban on vehicles to minimize traffic jams and enable pilgrims to walk freely at the holy place, a source said.
Makkah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah checked the Shumaisi checkpoint and also check out the operations at other major entry points to the holy city of Makkah.
Director General of Traffic Major Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Muqbel presented a detailed demonstration of the technology being used to check the permits of vehicles entering Makkah, the source stated.
Random fingerprinting last year reportedly discovered about 4,000 expatriates who attempted to enter Makkah without Haj permits. Those people were deported and banned for 10 years. Their Saudi drivers had been in prison and had their cars confiscated.