Photos: Law drafted to tow abandoned cars from Egypt, ending decades-long phenomenon

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Abandoned car towed to Cairo in 2017 – ÷ Ibrahim Ahmed, Youm7

CAIRO – October 3, 2021: All vehicles abandoned in Egypt will be towed without the permission of owners within six months of the passage of the relevant bill by the House of Representatives.

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The towing and storage costs will be determined by the governor of each governorate. Governorate officials will make a report with the description and original location of the vehicle, the time and reason for towing, the number on the plate and the name of the owner, if applicable or known, the engine number and of the chassis, as well as the place and date of storage.

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Officers must then notify the owner, if known, within 48 hours of towing. The owner can waive his right to the car, in which case he will not bear the costs of towing and storage.

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If the owner claims their vehicle, they must produce proof of ownership and pay towing and storage charges within two months of notification. If he has not requested his vehicle in this window, the governorate can sell it.

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Abandoned cars are a phenomenon in the country, especially in Cairo. The reasons why owners abandon their cars are largely unknown or imprecise. Some cars seem to have had terrible accidents and the wreckage was not worth fixing. Other owners buy new cars and expect a good sale for their old vehicles. When the wait is too long, they wait for the right vintage car buyer who they believe will pay a huge sum for the vehicle.

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In recent years, it has been reported that these cars have been used in terrorist attacks and other criminal activities, in addition to being a traffic obstruction. On the other hand, they were also shows for nostalgic enthusiasts and collectors of vintage cars. Safety and the ambition of modern and disciplined streets, however, have proven to be priorities in the most populous city in the Arab world.

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