Overnight parking of heavy weight vehicles in Abu Dhabi banned

ABU DHABI — Trucks and heavy vehicles will no longer be allowed to park inside the city after midnight, a senior traffic official has said.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2005, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

"Drivers of trucks and heavy vehicles are banned from parking their vehicles at city parking lots after midnight, especially in parking lots located near residential buildings, in order to leave space for residents and avoid the parking chaos that the people are facing," Major Yaslam Tammimi, Head of Patrol Section at Abu Dhabi Traffic Department, told Khaleej Times.

He said violators would be fined, and strict penalties will be imposed on drivers who breach the rule. "It is not permissible for these vehicles to remain overnight in city parking lots," Major Tammimi said.

The decision was taken in the wake of several complaints against heavy vehicles being parked near residential buildings, he said, adding that police patrols had found that trucks and heavy vehicles contributed to lack of parking facilities faced by people in the capital, mainly over week-ends and on holidays.

"This prompted us to ban heavy vehicles from occupying parking lots, taking into consideration that the emirate already suffers from insufficient car parking lots," he said.

Major Tammimi said the traffic department had urged the civic body to contemplate building more parking places in Abu Dhabi, especially in densely populated areas and at public departments.

Currently, there are 700 parking places in the emirate. However, finding a free parking slot in Abu Dhabi remains a matter of luck due to the growth the capital has witnessed and the pressure posed by the 500,000-odd vehicles using the city roads.

One of the main hurdles is the decision pending regarding renewal of municipality-run reserved parking in Abu Dhabi, which has been suspended for nearly one year now.

There are pre-paid underground car parking lots available in different locations in the capital, but most motorists complain that the system is expensive and they cannot afford it.

Colonel Ghaith Al Zaabi, Director of Traffic and Licensing Department of Abu Dhabi Police, had earlier revealed a plan to set up a public transport establishment in the capital as alternative means to reduce the traffic problem in particular and contain parking problem in general.

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