Heavy Penalty for Encroaching on Mosque Parking Lots in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has warned of hefty penalties against companies and motorists who leave their vehicles in the parking spaces reserved for mosques.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Fri 13 Mar 2009, 1:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:23 PM

Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Chairman of the municipality, told Khaleej Times on Wednesday that officials have received complaints from several residents about their hardship in finding parking spaces for their vehicles during prayers. “Scores of residents have said most of the parking spaces around mosques, especially in the busy areas of Nakheel and Ras Al Khaimah City, are always occupied by vehicles being left there by their owners who go for their businesses though these spaces are reserved for vehicles of worshippers,” said Al Shamsi.

He added used car showrooms and owners of vehicles on sale are also reportedly using the parking spaces of mosques and in other public places as display areas, which is a violation of the municipal laws. Mohammed Saqr Al Asami, Director-General of the municipality, said the municipality in coordination with the traffic police has started an inspection campaign to curb this practice. “All such vehicles would be impounded and fines up to Dh3,000 would be imposed on their owners,” he said.


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