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.
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.