Egypt's new traffic law to be implemented within three years: Parliament's transport deputy

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Mar 2018

Motorists stuck in a traffic jam on the outskirts of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Motorists stuck in a traffic jam on the outskirts of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's draft traffic law will be implemented within the next three years, Ahmed Hussien, the deputy head of parliament's transportation committee, said on Monday.

Hussein made the comment during an interview on the Dream TV morning show, without saying when the law is likely to be put before parliament for discussion ahead of a vote.

In October, the Egyptian cabinet approved a draft traffic law that would replace the current law, which was issued in 1973. If the new draft becomes law, it will be the biggest reform of the country's traffic regulations since the 1973 law was passed.

The draft legislation includes a new electronic system for licensing and ticketing aimed at reducing road accidents in Egypt.

According to recent data released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), a total of 5,343 people were killed and 18,646 others injured as a result of traffic accidents in 2016, while 21,089 vehicles were destroyed.

The number of road accidents in 2016 was 14,710, an increase of 1.1 percent compared with the figure of 14,548 for 2015. Meanwhile, 9.4 million vehicles were licensed in Egypt in 2016.

The draft law also proposes an electronic ticketing system for traffic violations and a penalty-point system that would see repeat offenders lose their licences. At present, minor traffic violations are generally punished through fines only.

The draft law also prohibits vehicles manufactured more than five years before from obtaining public transport licences. Vehicles that already hold licences and are under 20 years old may continue to renew their licences, while those over 20 will not be able to do so.

The law also criminalizes the erection of unauthorized speed bumps.

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