Dh200 fine if you park above two hours in JLT

Visitors parking eight hours and more at risk of having their vehicle towed away

Image Credit: XPRESS/Anjana Kumar
Zone of contention: A notice warning of fines if vehicles exceed the parking time limit

Dubai: Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) residents are fuming over new parking rules for visitors.

According to a notice by master-developer Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), visitors who leave their cars for more than two hours where parking barriers have been activated will be fined Dh200.

Those going to salons or retail areas where services take a longer time can park free up to four hours — but they will have to show a bill with the retailer’s stamp to be exempted.

“Cars parked for more than eight hours will be notified to the police and vehicles may be removed. Violators will be suspended from accessing JLT parking resources and retail parking areas,” the notice reads.

residents miffed

Visitors and residents are upset by the move. “I often visit my friend in the neighbouring JLT tower. Now, not only do I risk a fine, but could also have my car towed away” said an Iranian resident.

“There has never been a dearth of parking here. So why this new move,” said another resident.

DMCC said there is ample free parking at the street level parking and areas between clusters for those looking to stay for over two hours.

“RTA parking meters will not be installed in JLT but a paid parking system will be implemented by year-end in the Concourse level (ground level) parking. Until then, people can park at this level free for only two hours and after this a fine of Dh200 will be applicable. By law, the police can tow cars that violate the parking system,” said a DMCC spokesperson.

So far parking barriers have been activated in 11 JLT clusters.

Your comments

  • Hameed

    Feb 21, 2013 12:08

    This makes the others get parking easily.

  • Mark Z.....................

    Feb 21, 2013 10:34

    Looks like the Master Developer needs a brain transplant.

  • JLT resident

    Feb 21, 2013 10:00

    Last weekend we had a friend over, and she got fined Dh200D for staying longer than two hours. First of all, the parking ticket doesn't mention the rate of the fine (we all weren't aware of it that it was this high); secondly DMCCsays there is "ample free street level parking and also in areas between the clusters". This is simply NOT true (should our visitors park next to the Metro station?); finally this new rule makes it impossible to host NORMAL social gatherings (meaning longer than 2 hours). We are seriously considering leaving JLT because of thisridiculous rule.

  • James

    Feb 21, 2013 9:39

    DMCC will, in time, realise this is a very bad move for them. Businesses and residents will move out. A very short term view by the DMCC. Why can't DMCC concentrate on sorting its security cameras in certain clusters rather than implementing the above policies!

  • Malang

    Feb 21, 2013 9:22

    The RTA must look into this.

  • Sadiq

    Feb 20, 2013 10:07

    It's a paradoxical situation where luxury living is getting compliucated in day to today life with no concern for values. We are in a living in a place where the density of population is low when compared to a city like Mumbai in India. This is a point to be taken care of by major developers in Dubai / UAE.

  • Milad

    Feb 20, 2013 10:04

    Pathetic, really pathetic!