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Illegal parking blockades infuriate Dubai residents

Shop owners cry foul as RTA doesn’t allow them to reserve parking legally

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:00 November 22, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Parking spaces blocked by a shopkeeper at Hor Al Anz, Dubai.

Dubai: Residents in several areas across Bur Dubai and Deira have complained that owners of tyre service centres and car accessories shops illegally block series of parking slots and intimidate motorists who try to park in these slots.

“It is difficult to find an empty parking space near my building in the evening and to make matters worse, more than a dozen slots are illegally blocked by tyre shop owners. They keep their tools, like car jacks, in the parking spaces in front of their shops,” said Ahmad, who is a resident of Hor Al Anz.

He added that most people don’t dare to argue with the shop owners as they are scared.

“The area is dominated by these shops and they work in unison so people don’t want to create enemies, many who have dared have faced consequences like punctured car tyres and scratches on the cars. So people prefer to avoid trouble,” he stated.

But there are a few who continue to see the shop owners in the eye, with many taking up the matter with the authorities. However, nothing seem to have deterred the shopowners.

“It’s shocking to see these people practice their illegal activities undeterred. I have complained to Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) several times but nothing has happened. For some reason even the parking inspectors seem to be ignoring the issue,” Shafi Mohiddin, a resident of Abu Hail, which is another affected by the issue.

The issue could also be seen in Satwa, Karama and Naif, where there are abundance of car accessories shops but serious scarcity of parking spaces.

“There are altercations and fights every day but there is no change in their attitude. How can somebody block a public parking space without paying for it? I think its high time authorities took some action. If this will continue to be unnoticed then these people will get bolder,” said a Satwa resident on condition of anonymity.

However, there is another side of tale. Interestingly, shop owners are not allowed to reserve the parking slots legally by RTA.

According to information available on RTA website, parking reservations are allowed only for banks, hospitals with ambulance service, hotels, constructions sites and mosque imams.

An establishment can reserve a maximum of four parking slots, with each costing Dh5,000 a year.

Speaking on condition of anonymity a tyre shop owner said that he has approached RTA to request for parking reservation but was turned down every time.

“I think RTA needs to reconsider their rules, reservation of parking spaces should be allowed for auto workshops and car accessories shops, without which we can’t run our businesses. Even if we create space inside the shop, we need a way in front of the shop for the car to come in. If we allow somebody to park in front of our shops than we will lose business,” said a shop owner from Iran.

Comments from RTA on the issue weren’t forthcoming, but a parking inspector said on condition of anonymity that no parking inspector has the authority to issue fines against shop owners.

Fact Box

For complaints and suggestions about parking and road issues:

Abu Dhabi: Contact the Department of Transport on 8005555

Dubai: Call RTA's toll free number 8009090

Sharjah: Complaints can be registered by calling Sharjah Anjad police at 06 5634444

Comments (13)

  1. Added 14:28 November 26, 2012

    I think auto mantenance and tyre shops are not only shops or display showrooms. those are workshops and should not be located in residential areas. They need a bigger space out side of homes. It is not possible to run a tyre shop or auto accessories shop in a single or double standard sized shops. Only showrooms are possible for display purpose only. Hor al anz is a crowded area that's why it has problems. Please move those workshops outside of hor al anz.

    ziasahib, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:03 November 26, 2012

    I strongly agree with the comments by Annoymous from Sharjah regarding Abu Shagara, literally no space left by Cars showrooms owners for parking, even the foot paths are covered and no one to listen to. When we park out of frustration at some other place we got fines, what to do????

    Kashif, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:07 November 26, 2012

    We are facing the same issue in Sharjah, Abu Shagara Used Car showroom cars, & Car Cleaning shop people parking everywhere and they are fighting & shouting. To reserve the parking they keep Tyre, some machine. Since we are not getting Parking we are forced to park our car where ever we get parking, but bad luck we are getting Parking Fine or they damage our vehicles like scratch,etc. I know Sharjah residence people sent lots of Email & Fax but no solution, please... help.

    Gjose Pulikkan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:54 November 26, 2012

    yeah this right there is somany areas like this bur dubai ,deira qusais lot of areas the will block

    aneesh, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:33 November 26, 2012

    OPC lots of commercial vehicles have been parked in the residental area. and its very difficult to get parking for the resident as well as visitors to get parking during week end even though people have paid parking cards.

    ALwin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:41 November 26, 2012

    This is clear case of livelihood for these shops owner versus rights of resident. Don't be selfish when complaining, people must put themselves in their shoes, that can easily be sorted out if shop licenses for those shop be included with parking fees for space they block.

    Mutjaba Siddiqui, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:27 November 26, 2012

    We are also facing the same problems in Manama area which is also comming Hor Al Anz. But, my problem is not the shops but the residents of the area. They blocked the parking for 24 hours by keeping the board of No parking. If we call police also they tell us they are the residents so,they have first right, but my concern is that we are also residents of the same area. why we are not allowed to park. And if by mistake you park they would not bother before wake you up in the mid night and tell to take out the car.

    Muzammil Akhtar, Dubai, India

  8. Added 11:18 November 26, 2012

    Another abuse I noticed is by private parking guys, they take out their customers' cars, which were already parked in their Parking lot, and wait for RTA parking space nearby to be free and park there, thus freeing up their parking lots for new customers to come in. They charge the customer 10dhs/hour and pay RTA 2dhs/hr or free in the night. This is a daily practice in Bur Dubai Al Raffa3 police station street. Since there are many such misuses, it makes RTA parking users' life worst in such a busy street.

    Shiyaz, DUbai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:16 November 26, 2012

    We face the sam problem in Maisaloon 12B area with big pickup and parking blocked Please help us Gulf news

    Sudarsan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:42 November 26, 2012

    it is so true the parking conditions in Al Shaab Colony, Hor Al Anz have become literally pathetic . One cannot find a parking space after 7pm and to add misery the entire parking lot have been made into one way resulting in poor parking manners, wish it was bought back to its old form.

    chris, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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