Presidential decree bans renewing licenses for 20 year old Egypt taxis

Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Dec 2013

Law reminiscient of former plans to get rid of old taxis, will go into effect in three years, after current licenses expire

An Egyptian taxi driver peers over his car as he and others block part of 6th of October bridge in central Cairo, Egypt to protest 'unfair' bank loan terms for white taxi in 2011 (Photo: AP)

In an effort to remove old taxis from the streets, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour signed a decree on Tuesday to forbid the renewal of licenses for taxis that are over 20 years old.

The law, which also applies to public transport vehicles, will go into effect after three years, when current licenses are set to expire.

Egypt's government has long been involved with plans to improve Cairo's taxis. In 2009, it launched a program to replace the older black and white taxis with more modern white ones. Drivers were offered attractive credit rates to turn in their old cars.

The scheme has been fraught with contentions and difficulties, however, with drivers frequently protesting the terms of the taxi exchange, along with complaining about the quality and safety of the newer vehicles.


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