Egypt Watch

Egyptian cabinet approves new legislation transferring property of dilapidated vehicles to the state

On Wednesday, the Egyptian cabinet approved amendments to the criminal procedural law, which confiscates dilapidated vehicles and those which don’t have a licence, which are left in street for over six months, making them property of the state without requiring a judicial decision. The amendments reduced the period from three years in the previous provision to six months.

The amendments entailed amending traffic law 66 of 1973 to authorise municipal authorities and traffic police stations to confiscate such cars and transport them to the designated places, making the car the state’s property starting from the day it was put in the designated place. The law gave the owner two months, during which he can apply to the traffic prosecution to retrieve his vehicle back after paying a fine and the fees of parking his vehicle in the state’s facilities and any other cost the government burdened in transporting and parking the car.

The new amendment came after passing the legislation known as the “sayes law,” which stipulates fees on parking cars in streets, organising the work of the so-called parking man, the sayes, who is the person taking care of cars parked in streets in exchange for money paid by the drivers for parking.

The Giza and Cairo governors gave the military-owned National Company for Construction, Development and Administration of Roads the right to exploit street parking lots in both governorates by direct command, without making tenders and bids.