Abandoned vehicles left to rot in Dubai

Tecom and The Greens are particularly affected according to residents, who complain that dirty, abandoned cars are taking up parking spaces.

  • Abandoned cars are obvious once they become very dirty. Many have their number plates removed so that the owneImage Credit: Syed Mohamm ad Sajl/Gulf News Reader
  • A lone car sits atop a parking space after the car park around it was dug up for construction work. Residents Image Credit: Alice Johnson/Gulf News
  • Workers had to carve around the space occupied by this car. Residents can report an abandoned car through a hoImage Credit: Alice Johnson/Gulf News
  • Graffiti is written on the window of a dust-covered vehicle whose number plate was removed to make it harder tImage Credit: Alice Johnson/Gulf News
  • Abandoned vehicles often have their number plates removed. This car has had its plates removed to make it moreImage Credit: Alice Johnson/Gulf News
17 Gulf News

Dubai: The number of abandoned cars keeps on increasing just as the level of temperature this summer.

Tecom and The Greens are particularly affected according to residents, who complain that dirty, abandoned cars are taking up parking spaces.

Two abandoned cars are very evident in one car park that was recently dug up for redevelopment — the two cars have been left standing in their original spaces while the rest of the area has become a construction site.

See picture gallery: Abandoned cars around UAE

"It's quite crazy [the situation]", Prince Thomas, 30, Indian marketing executive and resident of Tecom told Gulf News. "I hope the police pick up these cars as soon as possible. The more the cars keep lying here, the more people will do it," the Dubai resident of four years said.

In Thomas' residential road, eight abandoned cars take up 16 per cent of the roadside parking spaces.

Gulf News also found cars abandoned in private residential car parks — some of which were parked over more than one designated space and others with no number plates.

Abandoned cars are obvious once they become very dirty. Many have their number plates removed so that the owners are more difficult to trace and they may have parts missing, such as windows or mirrors, and may be beyond repair. Some also have rude or offensive slogans written in the dust on their bodies.

Monitor

According to Abdul Rahman Marzouqi, Head, Abandoned Cars unit at Dubai Municipality, they monitor suspected abandoned cars for 10 days before any action is taken, to check if they are truly abandoned.

"After this we put a notice on the car for 15 days for the owners, depending on where the car is; on a main road etc. After 15 days if there is a plate number we check with the police — if they want to confiscate they do and if not we then remove it," he told Gulf News.

Cars confiscated by Dubai Municipality are taken to the abandoned cars unit in Umm Ramool, where they are kept for six months. If the owner claims the car in this time, it costs around Dh700 to release the vehicle.

Contact

To report an abandoned car, call the Dubai Municipality hotline: 800 900

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I am working in Al Rais Center from past 5 months. To get parking in front of my office is like to win a war. Even in this situation there is 1 car occupying a parking space may be more than 7 months with RTA sticker already on it but no one cares about it.

Zakir Hussain

19 July 2010 19:28jump to comments
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