Egypt extends deadline for installing vehicle data sticker to 21 November

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Oct 2020

Vehicles' electronic registration stickers (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's interior ministry has extended the deadline for installing data stickers on all road motor-vehicle windshields to 21 November, a statement by the ministry said on Monday.

The ministry called on vehicle owners to head to traffic administration bureaus nationwide to get their new electronic car stickers.

The extension has been announced eight days ahead the previously determined deadline.

The ministry had previously warned that legal measures would be taken against those who fail to get the stickers before the deadline. 

The stickers, which can be read by special infrared devices at traffic lights and by traffic officers on the streets, include a SIM card that holds the vehicle's data to allows authorities to track violations and expired licences.

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 vehicle owners to make electronic payments for tolls, parking fees or fines, after receiving messages on their mobile phones.

The move is part of a broader drive to tighten traffic regulations and upgrade 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 for developing and expanding road networks in recent years.

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