Paid parking in capital’s 19 more areas

The Department of Transport (DoT) will implement the second phase of the paid parking project in the capital from January 31.



By Anwar Ahmad

Published: Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:52 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:33 PM

Mawaqif, the comprehensive parking management programme of Abu Dhabi, will introduce paid parking in different areas of the capital in phases by the end of this year, Najib Al Zarooni, general manager of parking at the DoT, announced on Tuesday.

The first phase covered locations between Khalifa Street and Hamdan Street, and between Bani Yas (Al Najda) and Liwa Street in the city.

In the second phase, paid parking will be introduced in 19 areas, covering a total of 29,776 parking bays. Every month, paid parking will be introduced in one or two areas of the city, Al Zarooni said.

Mawaqif was launched in October last year with the aim of providing world-class parking management solutions in Abu Dhabi.

Two types of parking fee are charged in the capital — premium Dh3 per hour for maximum stay of four hours on main streets and standard Dh2 per hour for maximum stay of 24 hours in other locations.

Mawaqif has 17 inspectors now to monitor the paid parking lots and issue tickets in case of failure to place parking tickets. By the end of this year, it will have around 400 inspectors, of whom 90 per cent will be Emiratis.

Over 35,000 parking spaces will be ready by the end of this year. The total number of parking spaces available in 43 sectors of the emirate is around 70,000. In these sectors, paid parking will be introduced in the next three years, said Al Zarooni.

The launch of Mawaqif brought with it the implementation of the paid parking system in some of Abu Dhabi’s most congested commercial areas. Most of these areas suffered from lack of sufficient parking spaces, wrong parking behaviour, encroachment of private parking spaces and failure to comply with the terms of residential parking.

In the three months since the launch, Mawaqif has already made a major impact on the lives of residents and visitors in areas where paid parking system is put in place, said Al Zarooni.

Parking spaces are readily available now. Abandoned vehicles and cars of showrooms and car rental companies have been removed from streets. People now look at carpooling as an alternative and there is an increased demand for underground parking structures belying the reservations some people had earlier when the project was launched, he said.

A resident is entitled to purchase a maximum of two parking permits which cost Dh800 for the first car and Dh1,200 for the second car, if the motorist’s building does not have reserved parking.

Mawaqif will also open a customer service centre in Marina Mall before the end of the first quarter, while more centres will be opened in the city this year.

Motorists can get details of parking modalities and parking violations by calling on the hotline 8003009 or logging on to the website -www.mawaqif.ae. — anwar@khaleejtimes.com


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