Vehicles' electronic registration stickers (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has urged citizens to swiftly install the electronic data stickers on their vehicles, warning that penalties for failing to do will be effective starting September .
The penalties include the withdrawal of the license for up to three months, or imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine of up to EGP 1,500, the ministry said in a statement.
The penalties are also applicable for deliberately hiding or damaging the sticker.
The sticker system was launched in June 2020 with the aim of making it easier to register all vehicles in a single database.
The sticker, which is fixed to windshields, can be read by special infrared devices at traffic lights and by traffic officers on the streets as it has a SIM card that holds the vehicle's data to allow authorities to track violations and expired licenses.
The move is part of a broader drive to tighten traffic regulations and improve traffic services in Egypt.
In a separate statement Saturday, the ministry said it recorded 249,738 traffic violations over the past seven days.
Up to 353 drivers were arrested for testing positive to drugs, the ministry added.