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Bikes bulldoze cars in Abu Dhabi parking bays

Residents complain bikes skip tickets and damage vehicles availing premium space

  • By Nada Altaher, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:59 January 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
  • A motorcycle parked between the cars in Mawaqif parking slots on Electra street in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Complaints against motorcyclists who damage cars while parking between vehicles in Abu Dhabi have been on the rise as already tough parking conditions are starting to get more challenging, motorists told Gulf News.

“Motorcyclists are only fined if they occupy a parking space designated for vehicles, and do not pay for their spot using the parking metres,” a Mawaqif representative said.

“If a motorcycle is parked between two cars, they do not get a fine as they are not obliged to pay for their parking spot,” the spokesperson said. There are no dedicated parking slots for bikes in the capital or elsewhere in the UAE. This makes it difficult for ordinary motorists to get in and out of parking areas where bikes have taken up space. “I always end up waiting for delivery boys to leave the parking spot because I am afraid of hitting their bike or getting my four-wheel scratched,” said 21 year-old Yemeni Hanan Al No’man.

Similarly, human resources officer Mais Al Kayal told Gulf News that she struggles when entering or exiting a parking space if there is a motorcycle parked next to it. “Walking towards my car once, I saw a biker scratch the side of my car while he was leaving the parking spot. I understand that, if you are making a delivery, it would not make sense to pay for your parking but there should be a designated area for motorcycle drivers,” she said.

Motorcyclists themselves find this issue tricky at times. “As someone who drives a car and a bike, I find it very easy to park my bike whether on pavements or in between cars as I never get fined when doing that. However, when roaming around a parking lot for well over half-an-hour, I find it very frustrating to see a motorcycle occupying a full parking spot making it impossible for me to park my car,” said Hassan Al Tayee.

While many residents remain unaware of this, there are areas in Abu Dhabi which allow motorcyclists to park. These may be in the form of an empty, ground-level area surrounded by a pavement, or tighter parking slots for smaller road vehicles that complement regular car-parking spots.

The representative of an Australian restaurant chain said their delivery crew normally didn’t face problems with parking. “We usually deliver to company buildings, and there we find some form of unmarked ground bound by a pavement which seems convenient for our delivery-boys to park in. Otherwise, we find no trouble in underground parkings, as our mall provides a designated area for all delivery bikes.”

Comments (11)

  1. Added 18:25 January 22, 2013

    The bike and bicycle drivers should not park their vehicle between cars, as they should understand that it will create problems in taking out the car from the parking. They think that they can immediately deliver the goods (food/courier etc) and take the vehicle out of the temporary illegal parking, which does not happen usually and it is wrong. I have also faced similar issues and left with scratches in the the car. In Dubai, near to GGico Metro station, there are parking slots available for bicycles near to the schools. It will be nice to extend these facilities in other areas as well. ANOTHER common issue is the method of driving adopted by most bike riders, travelling over the LINE dividing two LANES in major roads, that too between cars especially in the signals. It is dangerous and unnecessary accidents will happen due to this. Only police vehicles and ambulances are permitted to drive so in case of emergency!!!

    Hari kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:38 January 22, 2013

    A biker myself, I always park on the pavement and close to the building wall so that it does not cause any inconvinience to pedestrians walking on the road. Other than few delivery boys who park their bikes in between cars and run errands, I do not think all bikers do this. Why generalize when you can teach all bikers road manners and also finding a proper solution of parking space for motorbikes. Car users get so frustrated when they go around searching for parking space. Suppose they find a bike parked taking up a full car park space, will they be happy???

    Karthik N, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:44 January 22, 2013

    We definitely have to thank them for ensuring that we get our deliveries on time. They should not be asked to pay for using the small spaces between parked cars. But Mawaqif officials should ensure that not more than one vehicle is parked in between 2 vehicles at a time. All vehicle owners can simply ensure that you family gets onto of off your vehicle after removing it from the parking. We should be more understanding. We ca however urge the bike messengers to take extra care while parking between vehicles. There are many inexpensive solutions available in the market to fix small scratches and dents. Be more human and co-exist with all. Let's change the world together!

    Mervyn Gomez, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:58 January 22, 2013

    Dear All, we all are agreed on all of these situations and we mostly dont like the bikes and delivery guys the thing some times only it happens when someone make some scratch. dont forget that when you move on the road any thing can happens because of your mistake or other . these biker life are always on risk weather its car person mistake or his own mistake he has to pay in both situations. and the very important thing is people think they have to pay also like cars pay so they should think that biker are always getting much less salaries then car owners. in car you can adjust upto 5 person but for bike only one can ride one bike. so in britain there is some dedicated parking slots only for bikes & cycles but not charging as like cars.

    omer, abu dhabhi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:09 January 22, 2013

    this is the main problem everywhere in hamdan street. they should start to give fine for these people .

    francis, abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:46 January 22, 2013

    This has always been a problem near my building on Al Falah street that has 2 restaurants below. These delivery boys always end up parking between 2 cars. I have already got dents and scratches on both rear sides of my car due to these motorcycles. These boys who are porbably living in neighbouring building, usually park late at night and leave in the morning and there is no way of catching them when they scratch the cars due to the instability of their bikes. The mawaqif team should have a parking facility for the motorcycles and they too should be charged as we are. At the end of the day, after paying for parking space, we do not expect to find our cars with scratches on the sides, which would never have happened, if the bikers had not to park close to our vehicles , FOR FREE. We get FREE SCRATCHES and DENTS.

    Merwin, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:42 January 22, 2013

    If I see any bike occupying full parking space without parking ticket, I usually remove the bike and park it on the road to take up that space for my car. One fine from the cop to the bike driver will teach him a lesson to prevent doing so next time.

    Ravi Raj, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:34 January 22, 2013

    When a motorcycle is parked between two spots, it always tilts on one side for support taking more space on one side along with it's delivery box. Issue is whenever I park, my family just cannot get out or get in due to this and in my case, it's hell as I have a baby that needs to be strapped. Getting car damaged is another story as once a bike literally was lying on my door and I had to claim insurance. I understand their needs as well, but here I am paying mawaqif each and every day only to bothered by bikers who just have it easy.

    Naz, AUH, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:29 January 22, 2013

    Dear All, Agreed that the Bikers take the space between 2 cars... But how many of the car owners take care of other's car, when they open their door ?? We should be thankful for the delivery guys as because of them, we get our couriers , our food and parcels on time... Our Life has become easier because of them.....Many of them do the hard work by driving in between cars , traffic jams and the hot sun ensuring that weget our stuff on time..... Instead of complaining , We need to be Thankful to them..

    UAE resident, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:13 January 22, 2013

    Same problem in Al Falah Street also

    R, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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