Vehicles' electronic registration stickers (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's interior ministry has called on owners of all vehicles with number plates to go to traffic administration bureaus nationwide to obtain the required electronic registration stickers before the deadline on 20 October.
The stickers, which are fixed to windshields, include a SIM card that holds 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.
The sticker system was launched by the General Directorate of Traffic in June last year with the aim of making it easier to register all vehicles in a single database. The stickers cost up to EGP 50 and will have to be replaced if lost.
The stickers will also allow car owners to make electronic payments for tolls, parking fees or fines, after receiving messages on their mobile phones.
Legal measures will be taken against those who fail to get their stickers by the deadline, the interior ministry said.
The move is part of a broader drive to tighten traffic regulations and adjust traffic services in Egypt, a country notorious for frequent deadly car accidents that are partially attributed to lax traffic laws.
Egypt has allocated billions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks in recent years.
In 2017, the government passed a new comprehensive traffic law to crack down on violators and enhance safety and security through introducing jail terms and hefty fines for traffic offenses. The draft law is being discussed in the House of Representatives.