After a year of telling us to sign up only to find out that no one is asking drivers to produce their Smart Card to fill up their tanks, Egypt has announced that the scheme will in fact go into effect within weeks.
Amr Badawi, Egypt's Deputy Minister of Finance, has announced that no one will be allowed access to subsidised fuel without using obtaining and presenting a Smart Card at the point of sale. Having rolled out a campaign to ask Egyptian motorists to sign up nearly two years ago, the often postponed scheme is said to go into effect across the country mid-June. The idea is to preempt fuel shortages by curbing 'fuel smuggling' through the monitoring of consumption. The new regulations will apply to all types of vehicles including tuk-tuks, motorcycles and agricultural machinery.