You'll be fined for parking in closed sandy lots in UAE
WARNING: The Sharjah Municipality poster warning against jumping the kerb to park in closed lots.
Sharjah - The municipality has pasted posters in residential buildings, warning people against parking in such places.
Fed up of looking for a parking spot in Sharjah? Well, keep looking and resist the temptation to jump the kerb into a sandy lot next to your building. Parking in these areas - commonly referred to as kaccha lots - can get you fined.
The Sharjah Municipality has launched a campaign to crack down on cars parked in closed lots across the city. Ahmed Ali Abu Gazain, director of parking department at the municipality, said: "The campaign targets motorists who jump sidewalks and kerbs to enter closed sandy areas to park their vehicles. The practice has been damaging the cement sidewalks."
The municipality has pasted posters in residential buildings, warning people against parking in such places. However, despite several warnings, motorists continue the practice.
"We will issue fines to owners of cars found parked in these areas," Abu Gazain said. "Some motorists have been using these closed sandy areas to display vehicles for sale. Some others were found using it to store prohibited materials - such as liquors and drugs - in their cars."
He said the civic body's continuous inspection campaigns "monitor behaviour that distorts the aesthetic appeal of the city".
Abu Gazain added that the municipality has been conducting surveys to ensure the availability of adequate parking across the emirate.