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Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has now given another good reason for using electric vehicles, which will further ease the burden in your pocket.

The RTA on Tuesday announced that it will provide 70 free parking spaces for environmentally-friendly vehicles in 40 paid parking zones across the emirate.

The free parking initiative is part of the RTA’s first phase in catering to eco-friendly vehicles, and is part of Dubai’s Green Mobility plan to slash carbon emissions and encourage the use of green vehicles.

Gulf News earlier reported that about 220 free parking slots will be reserved for electric vehicles (EVs) in 2018.

In addition to free parking, authorities have also announced other incentives to use EVs such as free registration and annual renewal fees, as well as a free Salik tag.

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The green mobility programme will also see the RTA replacing 50 per cent of the city’s taxi fleet with eco-friendly vehicles by 2021. Currently, around 20 per cent of the taxis are hybrid.

Eng. Maitha Bin Adai, Chief Executive Officer of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “Seventy free parking spaces are designated in 40 parking zones in different parts of Dubai.

"The RTA is keen on spreading this initiative to high-density traffic areas and streets across Dubai with the aim of covering most paid parking zones in vital areas. Locations included the Central Business Districts, Trade Centre area, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Street and Shaikh Zayed Road” she said.

Owners of electric vehicles can easily identify their designated spaces that are marked in green.

Bin Adai explained that the parking spaces are marked by green-painted frames, with signs showing the maximum allowable use time and the fine for parking violations.

“Only eco-friendly vehicles are allowed to access these parking slots, and for a time limit of four hours, which will increase the rotation of using each parking,” she added.