Abu Dhabi authorities are seeking to clamp down on car owners washing their vehicles in public areas and have issued 119 warnings to those caught carrying out the practice, pointing out repeat offenders risk fines of up to AED500 ($136) if they continue to violate the ban.
The Public Health Division, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, has so far issued 119 warnings pertaining to washing cars in public places, streets and building frontals as part of its ongoing campaign to raise public awareness on the issue, the WAM news agency reported.
"The civic body is currently following up all warnings issued to offenders to verify their compliance with the public appearance of the city," Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Director of Public Health, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said and warned that recurrent violators will be slapped with a fine of AED500.
"The campaign reported several unhygienic and disorderly practices of washing cars in streets in a way that distorts the general outlook of the streets and undermines the public health as well as infrastructure projects."
Al Rumaithi asked all residents to refrain from wasting water washing cars in public areas as it consumes large amounts of water; which in turn inflicts damage to the infrastructure and results in the accumulation of water in streets and low areas, besides causing subsidence in asphalt roads as a result of water ponds, and providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects.