Road accidents cost Egypt EGP 30.5 billion in 2015 - state agency

Monday 22-08-2016 02:28 PM

Traffic collision accident in Hurghada, Egypt in 2012. REUTERS.

CAIRO, Aug 22 (Aswat Masriya) – Traffic accidents in Egypt create an enormous economic toll as the price tag for the crashes stood at EGP 30.5 billion in 2015, a state-run statistics agency said on Monday. 

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that accidents in 2015 led to the death and injury of around 25,500 persons, a drop of 16 per cent from the previous year.

The total number of car accidents in Egypt also dropped by 1 per cent from the past year, totaling to more than 14,500 accidents in 2015. 

A total of 64 per cent of car accidents were caused by humans, with the car conditions ranking second on 21.9 in the reasons behind road accidents in 2015, CAPMAS added. 

The economic cost of accidents in Egypt in the past year stood at EGP 30.2 billion, with expectations to reach EGP 31 billion in the year 2020.   

Egypt, infamous for poor road safety and a high number of travel accidents, has one of the highest records of car accidents in the world and a poor transportation safety history in general. 

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