By Parag Deulgaonkar
DMAT set ups cameras to monitor parking bays
Abu Dhabi’s transport authority on Wednesday said it
will monitor parking bays using cameras and issuing fines electronically.
The first phase of the project will cover Al Mussafah,
Mohammed bin Zayed City and Abu Dhabi Island areas where vehicles parking will
be monitored and then tickets will be issued electronically for illegal
The move is part of the Department of Municipal Affairs
and Transport’s (DMAT) efforts to improve and regulate the parking network and
maintain the general appearance of Abu Dhabi.
The department said that if vehicles are not parked
correctly or intrude into other parking spaces they will be fined.
Mohammed Al Muhairi, deputy general manager of
Integrated Transport Centre, DMAT, and the director of the traffic and parking
team, pointed out that this new procedure helps traffic officials monitor
everything from inside the operations room without venturing into the hot sun.
As per the new rule, parking is free for the first 10
minutes, after which the tickets will be issued. The first 45 minutes after the
call of prayer is free for residents.