CAIRO: Egypt’s Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail approved Wednesday a proposal to establish the “Egyptian Transport Authority;” a council for transportation safety and security, according to a statement from the Transportation Ministry.
The authority will be authorized to issue licenses for all means of transportation (private cars, vehicles, trucks, and motorbikes) “in accordance with international standards of safety and security,” the statement added. The Traffic Central Department, affiliate to the Ministry of Interior, has authority to grant driving licenses.
“The authority will be tasked with tightening control over means of transportation to reduce road accidents… and to investigate causes of accidents on roads, railways, the metro and marine transport in the River Nile,” the statement said.
The authority will be subject to the Cabinet’s supervision and its head shall be appointed by the president, the statement continued.
It has been announced that the Transport Ministry will establish a University for Transport Technology. In November 2015, Transport Minister Saad al-Geyoushi opened Egypt’s first court specialized in violations committed at metro and railway stations and facilities.
Cairo Traffic authorities documented 1,390 car accidents during 2015, in which 592 people were killed, and 1,222 were wounded, a security source told Youm7 Dec. 25, 2015.
A total of 6,916 car accidents took place during the first half of 2015, with an increase of 3.5 percent compared to 6,685 in the same period last year, according to a recent bulletin by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)