The House of Representatives approved on Tuesday an amendment to the country's new traffic law, setting the cost of annual fees for electronic vehicle data stickers, which track traffic violations, between EGP 75 and EGP 300.
The electronic sticker system was launched by the General Directorate of Traffic at the interior ministry in June of last year with the aim of making it easier to register all vehicles in a single database.
The House agreed on exemptions from the sticker fees for vehicles belonging to members of the ministries of defence, military production, and the interior, as well as vehicles designated by the interior ministry as vital for national security.
The initially proposed cost of the sticker before the amendment stood at EGP 50.
The amendment, which comes within a new clause of article 11 of the Traffic Law, stipulates permanent installation of the data stickers on all road motor-vehicle windshields as a condition for licensing.
Fees for the stickers can be paid in cash or by any electronic means.
The new traffic law specifies the period of validity and the location of installation of the electronic stickers on vehicles.
The amendment on the cost for stickers garnered criticism by some House members, who opposed raising the sticker fees from the initially proposed EGP 50 to EGP 75.
MPs Ayman Abu El-Ela and Ihab Mansour said the committee should adhere to the fees initially set by the government at EGP 50. MP Attia El-Fayoumi said “the house shouldn’t be a place for levies.”
“The cost of the stickers was announced by the government and presented in 2019. Economic circumstances have changed since then, so costs can vary accordingly,” MP Ihab El-Tamawi responded.