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Hor Al Anz residents confused over paid parking

Residents say payment no solution to parking shortage

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:30 December 17, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Rangarajan/Gulf News
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Dubai: The paid parking system has been extended to at least three more residential streets in Hor Al Anz, as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) widens its network of paid parking zones across Dubai.

Many new areas in the city have been included in paid parking zones, including sections of Al Nahda, Al Qusais, Al Mankhool and Al Safa, many of which are purely residential enclaves.

Most of Hor Al Anz, which is a mixture of commercial and residential sections, is already a paid parking area. Some streets were exempt — but not anymore.

“I don’t understand why paid parking is introduced in residential areas. Most of the buildings here are old and don’t have parking facilities so people are forced on park on the streets and with the introduction of paid parking people will have to sell their cars,” said Mohan, an technician who recently moved to the area.

Paid parking meters were recently installed in three streets of Hor Al Anz — 17B, 44B and 42B — but there are no signboards to indicate the area is a paid parking zone, causing confusion.

“This is really confusing, the meters were installed last week and they have been active since then, but there are no sign boards to indicate this is a paid parking area. There is no zone number written and we can’t do mParking,” said Mahmoud Mohammad, who has been living on street 42B for four years.

Like other sections of Hor Al Anz, there is a shortage of parking spaces in these streets due to which residents have been parking their cars in narrow unpaved alleys between buildings as well as empty car parks nearby.

However, people fear with the introduction of the paid system parking in these unpaved areas could attract fines from authorities.

“I have been living in this area for more than 20 years, with every passing year the parking problem has increased here. We don’t find proper space so we usually park in the alleys and now if they close it down, I don’t understand where people will keep their cars,” said Syed Mubarak.

No official statement was forthcoming from RTA, but a senior official said on condition of anonymity that paid parking would be operational in the area only once the signboards are installed and notices issued to residents.

“No motorist will be fined for now if they don’t pay, we will announce once the paid paring system is operational,” said the official.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 08:24 December 18, 2012

    I am agreed with Mark, please on residential areas it must be free parking, now we can not park our car down in our building before 12, after office we have to search parking first than we have to pay huge amount of parking every month, if not properly park, huge drainage of money for fines as well, so please this is our humble request to remove this parking problem in residential areas.

    Farhan Ahmad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:30 December 17, 2012

    Al Nahda 2, a purely residential area has been selected for paid parking zone A by RTA, this really doesn't make any sense of charging the residents in their own residential area. the funniest side of the story is that on the one side of the road (Zulekha Hospital Side) it's paid parking while the other side (Pond Park Side) it is not paid. this tends more people having their vehicles parked towards or in the parking area designated for Pond Park visitors thus resulting in congestion and discomfort. Per my opinion residential areas should have any paid parking zone.

    Waqas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:07 December 17, 2012

    Build parking structures in places where parking is already a frustrating experience. There is a serious gap in available places and number of cars, which really takes away people's happiness. This is especially required in parts of Deira and Bur Dubai, all along the super crowded parts of Sharjah like Wahdah, Jamal Nasser, King Faisal and King Abdulaziz roads.

    Cholvaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:54 December 17, 2012

    Al Nadha 2 was introduced with A type parking zone. It's a residential area.

    john, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:03 December 17, 2012

    I would like to request the UAE authorities to consider the full residentail areas to be free parking whereas only commercial areas can be paid like in Europe. If people are ripped of each penny they earn it would really increase frustration. UAE residents are already paying huge amounts.

    Mark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:22 December 17, 2012

    I live in Sharjah Buhaira Corniche, there are four new parking meters installed. Without any notice or announcement they opened one meter and all of a sudden after opening one meter they started giving fine after 2 months of opening one meter. How could we know that one meter is started suddenly without any info? When I went down I saw a fine on my car's windscreen, which is very unethical. Now when other 3 meters are opened Sharjah municipality stuck notices on cars. But they should refund our amount which we have paid without any reason.

    faisal, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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