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Egyptian government to ban import of 'tok-tok' motorized rickshaws, citing traffic woes
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST
The Egyptian government says it will outlaw the import of three-wheeled motorized vehicles known as "tok-toks" in an attempt to alleviate traffic congestion.
Egyptian state television says the Cabinet decided Wednesday that it will stop imports of new tok-toks for at least a year, as a trial.
Former President Hosni Mubarak championed the vehicle as part of his 2005 election platform to create jobs. Experts estimate youth unemployment as over 30 percent.
Since then, the Indian-made model has proliferated around the country, with boys as young as ten working as drivers.