Automated parking: Final evaluation of tenders begins

ABU DHABI - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has started the final phase of tender evaluation for the two automated car parking facilities in Al Salam Street area.

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Published: Sun 28 Nov 2010, 12:32 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:11 PM

With automated car parking, drivers can stop their car at the entrance of the facility and leave in a few seconds.

Specialised companies were invited to bid for the design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the two automated car parking facilities in the area.

The DoT will be managing the development of automated car parking through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. In this phase, five companies were qualified after initial evaluations to submit their designs and technical/financial offers after fulfilling the conditions set by the DoT.

The tender will be awarded and the winner announced before the end of the year. Through this initiative, the DoT aims to increase the capacity and number of parking spaces in Abu Dhabi, while providing multiple services within the facilities with the highest standards in safety, speed in car delivery and retrieval and efficiency in energy consumption. In addition, the designs are required to comply with sustainability principles in line with the “Istidamah” programme of the Urban Planning Council (UPC) in Abu Dhabi. Recent studies have shown that the number of registered vehicles in Abu Dhabi increases by 16 per cent annually, while the number of new driving licences rises by 10 per cent each year on average, highlighting the importance of developing automated solutions such as the automated car parking facilities, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi.

Najib Al Zarooni, general manager of Parking at the Department of Transport, said: “Our role is not only to provide parking in Abu Dhabi, but also to develop sustainable services and sophisticated measures to make the use of public parking very easy. With automated car parking, drivers can just stop their car at the entrance and leave within a few seconds. More so, automated parking is very safe.”

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