Sharjah: Sharjah Municipality has impounded 4,045 abandoned cars from different areas of the emirate during the first half of this year.

Saeed Bu Raheihma, head of operations at Inspection Department of Sharjah Municipality, said the vehicles were impounded for leaving them unattended for long periods of time and displaying them for sale in different area of Sharjah.

Official issued 6,420 violation and 10,969 warning notices to the owners of the abandoned cars.

6,420 6,420 violations recorded in first half of the year

Some of the seized vehicles did not have the number plates and had been parked in prohibited areas, he said.

Car owners who leave their cars parked on the streets for long periods of time will be fined Dh500.

Bu Raheihma said that the municipality gives car owners a grace period 24 to 72 hours to remove their vehicles from a particular location if it had been parked for long periods of time to avoid fines.

“The car will be confiscated if the owner fails to respond to the warning and notification of the municipality,” he said.

10,969 warning notices issued to owners of vehicles

The regulations have been put in place by the municipality “in efforts to maintain the general appearance of the city”.

“The municipality urges vehicle owners to follow regulations and ensure safety of their vehicles if they are travelling abroad,” he said.

Bu Raheihma pointed out that for release of the impounded vehicle the owner should log on to the municipality’s website to check that it has been in the municipality’s confiscation yard, then they should check with Sharjah Police about any restrictions or fines in order to obtain clearance receipt from the civic body.