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Cairo launches campaign to lift abandoned vehicles from streets

Confiscated cars the owners of which do not request their retrieval will be sold at public auction

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jan 2020
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Cairo officials kicked off a campaign in cooperation with police to lift vehicles abandoned in the streets of the capital in an effort to restore the attractive appearance of the city and improve security.

The governorate released photographs on Thursday of a number of abandoned cars covered in dust as they were lifted from several areas.

The campaign followed a decision by Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal two days ago to confiscate abandoned and dilapidated cars in the streets of Cairo which he said negatively affected the urban appearance of the capital.

The move is also aimed at maintaining public security in the streets ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations next week, as the vehicles could be used for terrorist or sabotage operations, the governor said.

All confiscated cars will be deposited in the governorate's storehouses and will only be returned back to their owners if they submit documents verifying their ownership and pay the prescribed fine.

Cars whose owners do not request their retrieval will be sold for scrap at a public auction by the General Authority of Government Services.

Egypt parliament’s transportation committee lauded the decision, calling for the implementation of the campaign nationwide. 

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