Cairo without carts

Cairo aims to rid city of animal-drawn carts.

Carts drawn by horses, donkeys and mules on Cairo's streets could become a thing on the past according to a proposal by the city's governor.

The Capital without Carts initiative would see animal-drawn carts removed on a phased basis and their owners given financial support to purchase motor vehicles.

City authorities argue that the slow-moving carts are dangerous and lead to traffic accidents, as well as presenting an unclean, negative image of Egypt.

However, based on previous attempts, the proposal by Cairo governor Atef Abdel Hamid is unlikely to get off the ground.

Over the last four decades Cairo has sought to introduce similar measures to phase out or ban carts, with each attempt proving unsuccessful.