The Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers under the chairmanship of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has decided to impose a ban on entry of passenger vehicles carrying at least 25 passengers to Mecca during the pilgrimage, the Turkish website CIHAN reported.
Violator will be fined in the amount of $300,000-$400,000. Drivers-foreigners, who work for the foreign companies, will be deported from the kingdom in case of violation of the rules.
The month of pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia will start on the third decade of November. One of the innovations of the Hajj this year will be the launch of the monorail railway linking the holy sites in Mecca, Mina, near Mount Arafat and Muzdalifa.
About 1.7 million pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj in 2010.
According to the Saudi media, 2.6 million pilgrims, who performed small Hajj - Umru, visited the holy places over the last six months.