UAE | Traffic and Transport

Residents told not to leave vehicles in public parking

Campaign to raise awareness ahead of holidays

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 June 20, 2011
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: The municipality has launched inspection campaigns against residents who travel during summer and leave their vehicles in public parking spaces for a long period of time.

In the past year, Sharjah Municipality issued 3,000 warnings to motorists and impounded 1,450 vehicles.

"Since last summer, we have issued nearly 3,000 warnings to motorists who parked their vehicles in all areas of Sharjah, including residential, commercial and industrial areas," said Ebrahim Al Hosani, Head of Security Department at Sharjah Municipality.

"We impounded over 1,400 vehicles, and once the vehicles exceeded the time limit at the impound yard, we had to sell some of them at auction," he said.

The municipality confirmed that they launched the inspection campaigns to raise awareness among motorists on the importance of parking their vehicles in a safe and secure area for a long duration.

"Having vehicles parked for a very long time in public parking spaces not only affects the image and cultural landscape of the emirate, but also affects other government bodies from doing their job, such as police and civil defence."

Al Hosani explained that when residents go on holiday, it is important that their vehicles are entrusted to the care of someone whose responsibility will be to clean the vehicle on a regular basis and to move it when necessary.

Accident vehicles

He further noted that motorists will be given a warning if their vehicles are found in public parking spaces and near the main road for more than 48 hours, while in residential areas they have between four days and one week.

"If vehicles are parked on the side of the road due to an accident, the owner is required to move his vehicle within 24 hours because of the potential danger that it poses," he said.

Motorists who leave their vehicles parked in industrial areas have a maximum of two weeks before they are issued with a warning, while vehicles that do not have any licence plates are immediately impounded.

Comments (2)

  1. Added 13:48 June 20, 2011

    I am sure the authorities will soon realize the problems of common citizens and instead if selling their cars on auction, they will provide an alternate arrangement to address the issue. Before taking any action, alternates should be advised.

    Azim F, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:32 June 20, 2011

    Rather than just keep issuing fines, can't there be some impound kind of huge parking lot which can be created somewhere in ras al khor for people to park their cars while going for vacation? This can be a covered parking or should allow owners to cover their cars when they are on vacation. This way, there wont be any dirty cars parked inside the city and also with a nominal charge of AED 10 or 15 per day, this would work out to be very efficient for the people going on leave and also not a free service for the Government. Most of my friends have building parkings which they have only for their cars. So how can I expect them to take care of my car also when I am not in station.

    Karthik N, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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