City's paid parking fees, timings 'to be reviewed'

DUBAI - All aspects of Dubai's paid parking system, including fees and timing, will be reviewed soon as Dubai Municipality is set to undertake a comprehensive study in this regard, Abdul Majeed Al Khaja, Acting Director of the Roads Department and Head of Services Co-ordination Centre at the municipality, said on Monday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 15 Aug 2005, 11:05 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:13 PM

According to Al Khaja, the study would look at the prospect of reducing the maximum parking time from two hours to one hour at some of the busiest shopping areas such as the Gold Souq, Deira Fish Market and Bani Yas Square in order to help avoid double-parking in these areas and offer available parking space to the maximum number of people.

"The study will also take into consideration the expansion of paid parking system so as to include new areas where parking appears as an issue. For this, the consultants will carry out on-the-spot interviews with motorists and businesses," he said. Recommendations of the study would be analysed thoroughly before making necessary amendments to the Local Order pertaining to the paid parking system, he said, adding that local consultants have been invited to participate in the tenders for this study. He noted that the paid parking system, which was first implemented eight years ago, was hailed by both the motorists and businesses in the city as a right solution to the city's parking woes.

"The growing number of vehicles in the city as well as the increasing population necessitate a complete review of the system in order to come up with a more efficient one," added Al Khaja.

"Of late, we have got letters from traders and shop-owners in various areas of the city to extend the system to their places as well. There are also requests for cancelling the exemption on Fridays and public holidays. We, therefore, decided to conduct a comprehensive study of the system instead of applying the system according to people's wishes," he said.

The municipality has already started applying the automated system for issuing parking fines using palmtops, he said.

"As many as 40 parking wardens of the Car Parking Section can now issue fines using palmtops, which will be transferred simultaneously to the control centre through GPRS system. This will be immediately transferred to the concerned traffic departments in the country," he said. "Automated issuing of fines and its simultaneous transfer from the location to the main database of the municipality and traffic departments can avoid manual entry and scrutiny by the administrative staff in the offices," he added.

Al Khaja pointed out that the system offers better quality in the overall services provided to the users of public parking lots.

"It includes electronic subscription, payment of parking fees using mobile phones according to the period of parking, and facility for extending the parking time without returning to the parking metre for buying new tickets. In addition to that, mistakes regarding fines by entering and checking manually or entering the fine data next day can be reduced," he said.

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