Abu Dhabi: Residents wishing to park their vehicles for a short time in a residential area can politely ask Mawaqif inspectors to accommodate their request, Mawaqif officials said.

“We have instructed our inspectors to be lenient with parking users who politely ask for their permission to park in a residential area if they are going to grab a quick bite to eat or run a short errand,” said Mohammad Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport.

“This is a humanitarian relationship which is designed to make the lives of the public easier while facilitating traffic flow in parking areas for everyone and accommodating their needs,” Al Otaiba added.

The recent 50 per cent discount which Mawaqif granted users with outstanding fines during a grace period that lapsed in January acknowledged the busy lives people led, Mawaqif officials said.

“We were often seeing men and women with Dh8,000 in fines and more, so we decided to make a grace period which allows us to open a new page with our users. Around Dh20 million in fines were waived off under our initiative. We wish to decrease the number of fines as much as possible,” Al Otaiba said.

Mawaqif also offers a 10-minute grace period from the minute a vehicle is parked in a parking space. “This is to allow users to look for change, walk to the payment machines or get their affairs in order to pay for their parking space using one of our five methods of payment,” Al Otaiba said.