A new traffic law is to come into force on 1 August in a bid to improve road safety in Egypt. The new regulations include stiffer penalties for driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone without an earpiece and illegal parking. Under the new rules drivers will now also be obliged to carry a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher and a safety triangle in their car.

In addition owners of taxis and other passenger vehicles will be prohibited from renewing their operating licence if the vehicle is over 20 years old.

Roughly 6,000 people die on the roads each year in Egypt according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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