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Egypt imposes one-year imports ban on motorcycles, tuk-tuks

Imports ban targets three-wheeled informal taxis and motorcycles, along with their manufacturing components

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Feb 2014
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Tuk-tuk in Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram )
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Egypt's interim government decided on Wednesday to impose a one-year imports' ban on motorcycles and the three-wheeled unlicensed taxi known as tuk-tuks, along with their manufacturing components, Al-Ahram's news website has reported.

The government also imposed strict measures on the purchasing or licensing of any new motorcycle and gave owners of both motorcycles and tuk-tuks a two-week deadline to adjust their licenses in accordance with the new decision.

Earlier in January, the country's State Commissioners Authority (SCA) issued a non-binding decision to courts to halt the import of tuk-tuks, claiming that the auto rickshaws' small size allowed them to be used widely in committing crimes and thus posed a serious security threat in several areas nationwide, particularly slums.

In response to the SCA's decision, Raghda El-Azab, head of the public relations department at GB Autos, the sole assembler of tuk-tuks in Egypt, said that her company's management was "a strong believer in the importance of three-wheelers in Egypt, particularly in slum areas where they are the most important mode of transport.”

El-Azab also argued that because tuk-tuks created informal jobs, banning them would put many out of work and cause the crime rate to go up.

Despite tuk-tuks remaining unlicensed, in 2012 the government decided to count tuk-tuks as taxis and tax them accordingly, requiring GB Auto to pay 15 percent sales tax each time it built one of the mini-sized vehicles.

"Legally, state authorities should deal with three-wheeler vehicles as motorbikes, not cars," El-Azab said.

According to the Cairo-based investment bank Beltone Financial, two- and three-wheelers represent 12.2 percent of GB Auto’s nine-month revenue in 2013 and 13.9 percent of 2012 revenue. 

 

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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
16-02-2014 02:17pm
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What is more important
What is more important is forbidding having 2 persons riding any motorcycle to stop using it in terrorism acts as one ridding it can not use any weapon used against police officers. Either this or forbidding all kinds of motorcycles for one year.
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Ayman
13-02-2014 12:29pm
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Shame
For a company as old and rich as GB Auto, they should be ashamed that so far they are incapable of producing a locally manufactured car, which would be cheaper for low income families to buy. Instead, they are complaining about halting production of the monstrosity that is the Tok-Tok and pandering to the criminals filled slums.
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nasi
16-02-2014 04:02am
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re-shame
but is there any other importer can produce locally motorcycle? every one is same~
nasi
16-02-2014 04:02am
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re-shame
but is there any other importer can produce locally motorcycle? every one is same~
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