Mohamed Abdel-Rady, the secretary-general of the Defence and National Security Committee, justified the amendment by saying: “We decided to lower the driving age to 16 years for motorbikes as this is the standard being following around the world.”
He added that “the amendment does not apply to Tok Toks, which are being licensed from local city councils.”
Abdel-Rady also indicated that article 81 of the law will be amended to punish anyone caught commandeering a vehicle without a driver’s licence.
“This means that all those who drive Tok Toks without a professional licence — which are issued at the age of 18 — will be subjected to legal questioning.”
Atef Meghawri, the spokesperson of the leftist Tagammu Party, rejected the law, arguing that “the amendments do not tackle the problem of the random spread of Tok Toks in Egyptian villages and cities.”
“Lowering the age of driving for motorbikes will exacerbate the problem of traffic congestion in most parts of Egypt,” Meghawri added.