Egypt's traffic departments to reopen for one week starting Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 May 2020

Working hours during this week will be from 8 am till 4 pm for the licensing of all types of vehicles

Interior Ministry
File photo: Egypt's Interior Ministry will allow licensing all types of vehicles from Sunday

All traffic departments nationwide in Egypt will be opened for one week, from 3 to 7 May, to allow the issuing of vehicle licences, the interior ministry said in a statement.

"Working hours during this week will be from 8 am till 4 pm for the licensing of all types of vehicles," the ministry said.

Unlike this week, the ministry's traffic departments were re-opened last week for the first time since mid-March, but only for licensing brand-new cars.

In the statement, the ministry called on all citizens who visit traffic units to abide by all preventative measures.

"Wearing facemasks is a prerequisite for those entering traffic departments to get licenses," the statement said.

Last week, the government said it will gradually ease restrictions to take steps to return to normal life after the Eid Al-Fitr religious holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has urged citizens to continue abiding by restrictive measures and social distancing for as long as the pandemic continues, even if restrictions are lifted.

According to a law passed by parliament last week, health authorities now have the power to make it obligatory for citizens to wear facemasks and follow other preventative measures while outside their homes.

Violators can be fined between EGP 300 and EGP 5,000 under the legislation.

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