Egypt bans import of tuk-tuk components

Tuk-tuk on the Luxor-Hurghada route, Egypt – Wikimedia / Ad Meskens

CAIRO – November 12, 2021: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday banned the import of components for three-wheeled tuk-tuks (rickshaws), announcing a plan to replace these vehicles with minivans, which they described as ensuring the safety and security of citizens.

Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Nevin Gamea on Tuesday issued a ministerial resolution banning the import of basic components of “Tuk-tuk” vehicles. The decision entered into force on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

“The decision is part of the implementation of the state plan to develop the transport system and provide safe vehicles for the safety of citizens,” Gamea said in a statement released by the ministry. .

She added that the government will replace tuk-tuks with minivans, a safe form of transportation that runs on clean energy. The idea of ​​replacing Tuk-tuks with people carriers was put forward in 2019 by the Ministry of Local Development. It also suspended the issuance of permits for these three-wheeled vehicles.

In 2014, Egypt banned imports of tuk-tuks but continued to import the components for local manufacture. Egyptian newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm reported that tuk-tuks were first imported from India in 2005.

In August 2021, Gamea said tuk-tuks are essential means of transportation in Egypt where around 3 million families depend on them for their livelihoods. In media remarks to the “On My Responsibility” talk show on the Sada El Balad television channel, Gamea added that it is quite difficult to prevent tuk-tuks in Egypt, noting that this form of transport is spreading. in rural areas, the number of towns and neighborhoods.

In March 2018, the state-owned Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CPAMS) said the number of licensed tuk-tuks in Egypt between 2014 and 2016 reached 99,000 tuk-tuks, noting that this number is increasing. Meanwhile, the number of unlicensed tuk-tuks has reached over 3 million rickshaws.

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