Microbus drivers' strike against rising taxes and traffic fines

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Dec 2011

Hundreds of microbus drivers who service millions in the greater Cairo metropolitan area stage a strike in Giza governorate, paralysing traffic

Micro-buses drivers strike
Micro-buses drivers strike 26 December 2011 (Photo: Ahram Online)

Hundreds of microbus drivers staged a strike Monday morning in Haram Street, causing a traffic jam for several hours in one of the Giza governorate's key throughfares.

The drivers are protesting against the increase in traffic fines and taxes imposed by the government on microbuses.

Hundreds of drivers took part, using their microbuses to block the busy Haram Street and Faisal Street in the early morning hours.

Police and army officers are currently negotiating with the drivers so that a solution can be found to allow traffic to pass while they continue with their strike.

In 2009, there were approximately 7500 microbuses in Cairo, driven by 15,000 drivers and servicing three million Egyptians every day.

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