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Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Transport

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following facts and figures. In 1372 H. (1953 A.D.), the total length of roads in Saudi Arabia was only 239 km. By 1390 H. (1970 A.D.), the starting point of early development plans in Saudi Arabia, the total length of different asphalted roads exceeded 8,500 km, in addition to some 3500 km of paved agricultural dirt roads. This figure rose during the implementation of the ambitious development plans, through which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnessed a comprehensive development boom in all sectors. As a result, the total length of roads is now more than 47,000 km, including highways, single and double roads and about 107,000 km of paved dirt roads. As for transport, public transport law was enacted in 1397 H., aiming to regulate all land and maritime transport affairs. To achieve this end, a specialized agency of transport within the MoT was created with a number of goals and tasks, including issuing licenses for the different activities of land transport such as car rental and transporting passengers and goods by buses and vehicles. The number of relevant licenses issued was over 5,900 licenses. As for maritime transport, the MoT has drawn up plans and programs that ensure developing this vital and important sector. The MoT is issuing licenses required to the activities of this sector, including selling tickets of fishing boats, cruise ships and vessels. The number of licenses that were issued in this area with different activities is estimated at 24,500. In 1424 H.

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