Egypt's interior ministry has started applying a new traffic system where electronic stickers fixed to vehicles can monitor traffic violations, security sources said.
The stickers, which are fixed to car windshields, include a SIM card that carries all the vehicle's data, allowing authorities to track violations, licence expiration and traffic congestion. The data can be read by special infrared devices at traffic lights and by traffic officers on the streets.
Removing, hiding or manipulating the stickers will be punishable by fines.
The stickers will also allow car owners to make electronic payments of road fares, parking fees or fines after receiving short messages on their mobile phones.
The move is part of a broader drive to tighten traffic regulations in Egypt, a country notorious for frequent deadly car accidents that are partially attributed to lax traffic laws.