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

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.