The House of Representatives has approved the Valet Parking Law, regulating parking services, that has been pending for over two years.
The law aims to define the rules and procedures necessary to use public streets and areas for parking.
The law stipulates establishing a committee in each governorate which will work with each city council of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) to determine parking places. The law aims to prevent random parking on roads and double parking that leads to traffic congestion.
The law also aims to define the controls and requirements for those in charge of organising vehicle parking, whether it be companies or individuals. It is now necessary for those undertaking this activity to obtain a licence from the administrative authority before they commence with the activity.
For those found regulating vehicle parking without a licence, there is a punishment of imprisonment for up to six months, and a fine of up to EGP 10,000.
Informal valet parking, which helps car owners park their cars in exchange for money, is a big phenomenon in Egypt due to the scarcity of parking spots in many urban settings. The phenomenon has increased in recent years, with a lack of regulation on those who can practice the profession and many valets asking for fees depending on the social level of the car owner and the car model.
Fees differ from one neighbourhood to another, sometimes exceeding EGP 10 if the valet washes the car.