Egypt’s PM Says Must Ensure Application of Restricted Trucks’ Traffic Hours

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday that the cabinet’s decision to restrict trucks’ traffic hours inside cities from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be strictly enforced, stressing the need to consolidate efforts to achieve traffic discipline in the streets.

In a meeting held today, Mahlab discussed traffic problems in Greater Cairo with Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Cairo Governor Galal al-Said, and a number of Ministry of Interior (MOI) officials.

Mahlab emphasised the importance of the meetings of the National Authority for Road Safety in devising an effective strategy to limit road accidents and preserve the safety of citizens through upgrading road efficiency and ensuring safety factors are present, a cabinet statement read.

He added that there are 44 main traffic jam points in Cairo as concluded in a study, for which swift solutions have been stressed. The law should be firmly applied in cases where students are periliously transported, and where mass transportation vehicles stop at bridge entrances and in vital squares.

Egypt’s cabinet issued on November 5 a new legislation restricting trucks’ traffic hours within cities to nighttime after a school bus crash on an agricultural road in Beheira left 18 killed.

The prosecutor general referred to trial on Tuesday a truck driver and the school bus driver for being responsible for the crash.

Road accidents are a common occurrence in Egypt, being among the prime causes of death in the Arab world’s most populous country.

According to a report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) in June, the number of car accidents occurring in Egypt in 2013 rose by 0.4 percent when compared to the 2012 figure.

Source : Aswat Masriya