New measures to ease traffic in Abu Dhabi

New measures to ease traffic in Abu Dhabi

Department of Transport opens new office near Fish Market at Port Zayed, park-and-ride scheme, new parking lot and m-parking launched

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 29 Dec 2013, 11:02 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:43 PM

Several new developments in Abu Dhabi, including a park-and-ride scheme and a parking lot, should help motorists get around the city more comfortably.

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday said their new office near the Fish Market at Port Zayed, which has been moved from the Diplomatic Corps Area, would provide all the services related to parking, including fines, daily fees and annual parking permits. The DoT said the office in the Diplomatic Corps Area has already been closed and services are available at the Mina Zayed Area, effective Saturday.

Parking fees are applicable from 8am to 12am from Saturday to Thursday, while it is free on Fridays and public holidays, and for people with special needs. Additionally, parking bays in the vicinity of a mosque are free for 45 minutes starting from the call for prayer (Adhan).

Penalty charges range from Dh100 to Dh1,000, depending on the severity of the violation. Should a violation notification be ignored, Mawaqif, which manages and regulates parking services in Abu Dhabi, will remove vehicles within 24 to 48 hours. Vehicles blocking designated escape routes, spaces reserved for people with special needs, vehicles of the fire department and ambulances, will also be towed away immediately.

The Mawaqif has also launched ‘Park and Ride’ services throughout Abu Dhabi. The first service was introduced in the Al Bateen area. Free shuttle buses will operate from 6am to 5pm, from Sunday to Thursday, to transport commuters from the free parking areas to nearby buildings. The service was launched to avoid traffic jams in commercial areas, the department said.

The department also recently launched m-Mawaqif, a mobile phone service allowing motorists to pay their parking fees via mobile phones.

After registering their Etisalat or Du mobile numbers online, drivers can top-up their account via a secure online credit card payment. They can then use the funds on their account by sending an SMS in a pre-defined format to 3009. Drivers will receive their permit via SMS. The service also sends a reminder message 10 minutes before the expiry of the permit. Drivers can extend their permit for another hour by simply sending ‘E’ via SMS to the number 3009.

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