Vehicles towed away from used-cars market by municipal squad in Sharjah

SHARJAH — Around 11 cars belonging to used cars showrooms in Abu Shagara were towed away on Sunday night by the Sharjah Municipality.

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Published: Tue 20 Feb 2007, 9:44 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:34 AM

Warning stickers were also placed on several cars parked in unauthorised parking spaces giving their owners a 24 hours’ notice to move them, failing which the vehicles will be towed away and heavy recovery fees will be imposed on violators. The recovery fees announced earlier by the Sharjah Municipality ranged fromDh300 to Dh500, according to a civic body source.

The source told Khaleej Times that the municipality had already towed away on Sunday cars found blocking roads and building entrances in the Abu Shagara residential area. Moreover, to prevent violators, including residents and used car showroom owners, from continuing to cause major traffic snarls by parking their cars in unauthorised parking spaces, the municipality on Sunday night placed warning stickers on the vehicles stating the cars be either moved within 24 hours or penalties will be imposed, added the source.

He said the municipality has been receiving several calls from residents complaining about the inconvenience caused by used cars occupying all the parking lots in the vicinity of their residences thus leaving no space for ambulances, police cars or fire fighting vehicles if there’s any emergency.

The source further said used car showrooms were each allotted parking spaces by the municipality. But they have apparently started using the residents’ parking spaces to park their used cars. The municipality offered the parking lots as a temporary solution until used car owners moved to the new used cars market located in Al Ruqqa Al Hamra, which is currently under construction.

“Several warnings have been issued to used car showroom owners, but they have fallen on deaf ears. As a result, the municipality, through its campaign, has now started to tow away used cars, especially of the owners violating the civic body’s regulations,” he said. The 24-hour deadline was to end at 11pm last night. Residents said several people had already moved their vehicles from unauthorised parking spaces in Abu Shagara.

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