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Mon 15 Mar 2010 07:52 AM

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Abu Dhabi cracks down on abandoned cars

Municipality issues warning as number of abandoned vehicles in city rises.

Abu Dhabi cracks down on abandoned cars
CAR CRACKDOWN: Abu Dhabi officials have issued a warning over abandoning cars in the city. (For illustrative purposes only)

Officials in Abu Dhabi have launched a new crackdown on the number of abandoned vehicles in the city.Municipality chiefs warned that anyone found to be responsible for abandoned vehicles would face costs of more than AED2,000.

According to statistics from the Abu Dhabi Municipality, there were 1,595 abandoned vehicles found last year, 455 more than the previous year.

The Municipality said inspectors would monitor abandoned vehicles for 14 days before adding a sticker calling for removing them within 24 hours.

If the period expires without the owner recovering the vehicle, it will be towed away to impounds at Al Mafraq or Al Wathba, the municipality said in comments published by news agency WAM.

Its campaign is part of municipality efforts to maintain community safety and the appearance of the city.

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Bob 10 years ago

What about people going on a vacation? 14 days are not enough.

badr 10 years ago

I live next to the commercial court in AD and there are more than 5 cars parked for the past 2 years. Haven’t they seen them? And what about construction companies taking rows of parking spaces from us to keep their equipments?

Joe Karcia 10 years ago

If we moved this story to Dubai, it would have been a hue and cry with crisis and problems and all sorts of negativity. But when it happens in Abu Dhabi or Doha, its just a calm news. Am I missing something or is it just because Dubai is a celebrity, so any news will be treated with big headlines? Should we compare it with Tiger Woods? I mean Mr Woods is not the first person to have a relationship outside marriage right. A lot of journalists who wrote those prolly had one or are having one.

john 10 years ago

Hellooooo!!! Anyone listening out there who makes these decisions?? Almost everyone I know and most of my work colleagues and I all go on holiday for one month at a time. This is not a case of "in the minority", this is a very common thing! What are we supposed to do, hide our cars in mussaffa??

James 10 years ago

Ok, here's the deal. In order to help the "appearance of the city" a new law should be passed that if your car is "Yirded" which means VERY DIRTY. Dubai Police will place a sticker on your car giving you 5 days to get it washed. If the sticker does not adhere or the 5 days has lapsed, the police will remove all glass from the said vehicle to GIVE YOU A LESSON! After say another period, lets say 20 days. If you still haven't cleaned your car and it's starting to smell, they can place another sticker which reads something like, "This car is now free to loot! Take anything you want including the carpets!". This would make people think twice about leaving a car unattended I'll tell you!!