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500 parking fines in a day in crackdown

Police in Abu Dhabi launch new campaign to stop motorists from illegal parking in UAE capital.

More than 500 fines were handed out in just one day to motorists who parked in undesignated areas in Abu Dhabi.

The crackdown comes as part of a campaign by police in the UAE capital against illegal parking which will run for a month.

The practice of parking in undesignated areas and leaving vehicles along main streets has increased considerably, said a statement issued by the police and reported by UAE daily Gulf News on Friday.

"Illegal parking does not save time. Besides, those who do not follow the rules often disrupt the traffic flow and cause inconvenience to motorists who are not at fault,"  Major General Nasser Al Nuaimi, director of the Interior Minister's office told the paper.

The goal of the campaign is to make people aware of the implications and negative aspects caused by their numerous violations.

Brochures and leaflets printed in several languages are being distributed as part of the campaign.

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