Trucks banned from Cairo's main streets during daytime hours

Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Aug 2014

The move is intended to ease traffic jams, which Cairo is infamous

According to some stats, Greater Cairo sees 14 million vehicles pass through its streets every day (Photo: AP)

Cairo’s Central Traffic Department (CTA) announced Saturday that trucks won’t be allowed in the capital’s main streets during daytime hours, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The move is intended to ease traffic jams, for which Cairo is renowned.

Cairo’s CTA will start street campaigns and use mobile microphones to alert truck drivers to the new decision. Checkpoints will be set up on major streets and bridges to prevent the passage of trucks.

Checkpoints will also apprehend truck drivers violating the ruling, allowing for legal action against them.

The new truck regulation is one of a series of aimed to eliminate chaos in Egyptian streets. Recently, a stricter traffic law was declared, granting hefty punishments to violators.

There have also been moves to relocate street vendors from Downtown Cairo streets to ease traffic congestion.

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