He hates to leave his old Merc

DUBAI - For Anas Abdulla Agarib, his Mercedes Benz (1984 model) is just like his own child.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

Published: Tue 15 Jul 2008, 1:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:12 PM

An employee with the Al Raazi Pharmacy in Abu Dhabi, Anas had bought the car in 1998 and has been taking care of it since then. But now, with the UAE authorities having decided to phase out the 1984 make cars from the next year, he is a worried man, left with very little options.

"I had bought this car for Dh14,000. I have been driving it all these years without any technical problems. In fact, it is much better than most of the new-age cars. But now with this new decision, I am in a fix as to what to do," he said.

"I don’t want to sell this car. The priority of the lawmakers should be on those cars which have snags and are harmful to the environment. And it is not necessary that such cars are old models. Seven months back, my car went through an evaluation check. In Abu Dhabi, the officials are very strict and even a small snag can make them refuse to renew the car registration. But my car came out clean from the test. The life of the car depends upon its owner," he added.

Anas added that even if he tried to sell the car now, he would be at a loss.

"I have only five months more. The law came all of a sudden and no time has been given to us. In such a scenario, I would get a very low amount if I decide to sell the car. Ultimately, there would be many who would be forced to sell their cars to scrap traders," he pointed out.

He added that the authorities must give a grace period of at least 1 year to all the car owners like him.

"We must get a grace period. Of course, I respect the law and will abide by it. But we need time to plan. The authorities must also consider letting the cars in good condition to run. People like me are emotionally attached to our cars," he said.

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