The Parliamentary Committee for Defense and National Security decided on Sunday to develop a law in the Traffic Law for valet parking, an informal street profession known in Egypt as el-sayes, according to state-run media outlet Egy News on Monday.
The decision came following the inquiry by member of parliament (MP) Mona Mounir regarding the informality of the profession, asserting that it largely increased across the country, considering it bullying against the citizens. The MP asserted that a legislative committee is required to regulate it and to get rid of the phenomenon’s risks.
The committee seeks to view the professional legal conditions, provide work licenses, follow-up on performance, and exclude people with precedents, as well as select a certain fee for all people.
The government representative in parliament said that people in the Egyptian society often follow their profession without any effort, adding that there is a lack of laws that regulate professions, and many are working without licenses.
Valet parking takes place because of the scarcity of parking spots, with the aim of helping car owners to park their cars in exchange for money. The phenomenon has increased during recent years, as anyone can practice the profession without licensure and ask for fees depending on the social level of the car owner and the car model.
A fee differs from one neighbourhood to the other. Sometimes, a fee could exceed EGP 10—or more—if the valet washes the car.