Car firms warned against parking in free spaces

ABU DHABI — Car rental companies and car showrooms in Abu Dhabi have been warned against using free parking spaces to park their vehicles.

By Adel Arfah (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Sat 26 Jul 2008, 1:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:17 PM

Dr Joa'an bin Salem Al Dhahiri, Head of the Municipal Affairs Department in the Abu Dhabi Municipality, described the practice by these companies as monopolisation since these free parking spaces have been allocated to the public, not for commercial purposes.

Responding to the evidence submitted by Khaleej Times that a car rental company was using about 25 car parking spaces located in the Al Nadi Al Syahi area, Dr Al Dhahiri said the department concerned would seek legal advice and then take necessary action.

Dr Al Dhahiri said no company or person is entitled to monopolise the free public parking spaces for commercial or personal purposes.

The municipal officials would inspect the premises for detecting such illegal practices. If the inspectors find any case of violation, the vehicle in question would be towed away from the parking space to the municipality's impounded vehicles yard and the vehicle's owner would be referred to the municipal court.

Dr Al Dhahiri said the municipality is planning to shift the car rental offices and car showrooms from the capital city to Vehicles City (Madinat Al Sayyarat) under construction near the junction of Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road with Al Musafah Road. The new city will cost Dh11 billion and will be ready by 2012.

Meanwhile, Lt-Col Ahmed Al Shehhi, Director of the Department of Capital's Traffic at the Abu Dhabi Police, told Khaleej Times that 23,150 tickets were issued for parking irregularities in the emirate from March 1 to June 30. Most of these violations were committed in Al Nadi Al Syahi and Khalidyah areas.

He added the shifting of car rental agencies and showrooms would help solve the shortage of parking spaces and bring down the number of parking violations.

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