Commuters using a number of Dubai Municipality bus stops in crowded residential areas like Al Shaaab, Hor Al Anz and other inner city routes are unable to wait in the allotted space. Light and heavy vehicles normally park near the space ...

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Published: Sun 20 Jun 2004, 2:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:50 AM

to load and unload groceries and vegetables supplied to the adjacent supermarkets. The problem is acute for many commuters who use a bus stop in front of a busy supermarket or shop. Light and heavy vehicles occupying the commuters waiting spot is a common scene in many parts of the city.

'Quite often these vehicles are parked just outside the bus stop, blocking our way to get in the bus commuters are also unable to view the incoming or outgoing buses. We have to stretch out to see whether a bus is coming,' says Abdulla Majeed a regular commuter using the Al Shaab bus stop in front the Al Shaab supermarket.

'The bus driver cannot see passengers are waiting at the bus stop because his view is blocked by the parked vehicles like tempo vans and vegetable lorries,' says another commuter. Normally many Dubai Municipality bus stops have a no parking sign, which indicates that vehicles are not supposed to be parked or waiting in front of public bus stops. However, in crowded places like Al Shaab, vehicle owners have scant regard for public transport commuters. Light and heavy vehicles block both sides of the road hiding bus stops, added commuters.

'It is none of your business to ask. You mind your business,' retorted an angry vehicle owner, when this reporter asked whether parking his car blocking the bus stop is justified. Mostly vehicles of vegetable traders and other suppliers block the bus stop area. 'In addition, residents of Al Shaab colony park their vehicles in the opposite side, making life difficult for the ordinary commuters,' said another lady commuter. She said commuters escorting small school children face more risk, as the driver of an approaching bus cannot see bystanders. There is no penalty for violating these traffic rules. 'We have been facing this problem from a long time now. When commuters are about to enter a public transport, some vehicles come in between,' says another commuter. However, a bus driver has a different reasoning. 'It is in fact better for the driver because he need not take a tedious turn to the bus stop. Once we enter the bus stop it is difficult to get out.'

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