Grace Time of Paid Parking in Abu Dhabi Ends on Oct 9

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ABU DHABI — Motorists will have to pay for public parking from October 10 after the Abu Dhabi Municipality had given a nine-day grace period at the beginning of the month for people to get acquainted to the paid parking system in the Capital.

Those failing to pay for space in the assigned lots will be fined.

Najib Al Zarooni, general manager of parking at the Department of Transport (DoT) said, “In fact, the DoT had announced about the parking fee couple of months ago but gave some space to people to get them acquainted with the new system. From October 10, there will be no laxness in its implementation.”

There will be two types of parking fee in the capital — a premium Dh3 per hour for a maximum stay of four hours on the main streets and the standard Dh2 per hour for a maximum stay of 24 hours in the other locations in the city.

Al Zarooni added, “The paid parking areas can be identified through the coloured kerbstones. Turquoise and white for premium parking and turquoise and black for standard parking, while yellow and grey will mean that you should not park next to them.”

The first phase of paid car parking will cover the locations between Khalifa and Hamdan streets, and between Bani Yas (Al Najda) and Liwa streets.

There are nine parking phases, in which paid car parking will be implemented in most of the congested areas, Al Zarooni said. To a question on fines for parking violation, Al Zarooni said, “Illegal parking will be dealt as per the Abu Dhabi parking law. It might be Dh200. But we aim at making parking available and serving people better.”

In order to ensure quality services to motorists, DoT has deployed 27 inspectors, working in two shifts, in its first phase to monitor these parking lots.

Amounts for parking violation tickets can be paid at the newly-opened customer service centre on Hamdan Street near the Al Salam Street signal.

If a person pays it within 15 days, he/she will get a 25 per cent discount on the total fine amount, Al Zarooni said.

Motorists can pay through the Mawaqif Prepaid Card or by inserting coins into the Mawafiq prepaid machines. Resident Parking Permits also can be had from the authority by furnishing residence proof through the lease agreement, electricity or landline telephone bills, he said.

A resident is entitled to collect a maximum of two permits which costs Dh800 for the first car and Dh1,200 for the second car, if a particular building does not have reserved parking.

A dedicated counter for people with special needs has also been allocated.

Paid car parking cards can be obtained and motorists can receive a detailed list of parking modalities, locations and parking violations on calling 8003009 or logging on to the website www.mawaqif.ae.

Khaleej Times

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