Some 2,500 vehicle licences withdrawn in Egypt in one day for not installing electronic sticker

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Sep 2022

The Traffic Directorate of Egypt’s Ministry of Interior recorded over the past day 2,543 violations against drivers whose vehicles didn't carry electronic stickers, the state-owned news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

Vehicles electronic registration stickers (Photo: Al-Ahram)


Electronic stickers on vehicles’ windshields have become mandatory since late 2021.

The penalties include the withdrawal of the licence for up to three months, or imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine of up to EGP 1,500, according to previous statements by the ministry.

The penalties are also applicable for deliberately hiding or damaging the sticker.

The sticker system was launched in June 2020 with the aim of making it easier to register all vehicles in a single database.

The sticker can be read by special infrared devices at traffic lights and by traffic officers on the streets. It carries a SIM card that holds the vehicle's data to allow the authorities to track violations and expired licences.

The move is part of a broader drive to tighten traffic regulations and improve traffic services in Egypt.

The country has tightened its road laws and launched the National Road Project in 2014 to improve the country’s road network.

By 2019, Egypt climbed to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report in terms of the quality of its road infrastructure, compared to 118th place in 2014.

Additionally, the country recorded a 9.3 percent drop in traffic injuries in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a report released by the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in July 2022.

The number of traffic injuries across Egypt in 2021 was 51,511, down from 2020’s 56,789, the CAPMAS report said.

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