CAIRO: A ban on trailer trucks went into effect Saturday, according to Cabinet spokesperson Hossam Qawish, prohibiting their circulation inside cities from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Qawish’s announcement counters news reported by Ahram of delaying the decision until a detailed plan with the locations of their circulation is expected.
The Cabinet’s decision followed an increase of deadly road accidents and calls for traffic authorities to be stricter in controlling drivers, increased security checkpoints on the roads and the implementation of drug tests as a control measure.
A traffic control campaign across Egypt in October found that most traffic violations are speeding, driving against traffic, driving without a license and under the influence of drugs, according to the traffic department affiliated with the Ministry of Interior.
Over 130,000 drivers have since been stopped; 6,000 out of them were driving without license, and at least 400 out of nearly 2,000 drivers’ samples tested positive for drug use, according to the report broadcast by CBC extra Sunday, on the occasion of World Day Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.