By Sarah Townsend
Families reportedly complain of traffic congestion, safety fears and noisy streets
Dozens of motorists have reportedly turned a residential neighbourhood in Bahrain into an unauthorised used car sales yard, sparking anger among residents.
Families in West Riffa claim that used cars are being parked in the neighbourhood and sold illegally.
Potential customers are congregating on one particular street until the early hours creating noise pollution and excess traffic on a daily basis, residents claim.
According to a report in Gulf Daily News, residents are also becoming increasingly concerned for their safety because of the large number of strangers lingering in the neighbourhood, and have demanded that the authorities take action.
The newspaper quoted resident Salah Ali as saying: “Used cars have been parked on street number 1909 in block 919 [in West Riffa].
“There is such a large number of cars that are being sold here, left parked in front of our houses, which attract buyers who congregate until the late hours and causes us to worry about our houses and our children’s safety.
“This is especially the case when they gather in front of our homes and we can hear loud noises that disturb us.
“I hope that the relevant authorities will stop this issue and transfer the cars to the area designated for them.”
Local councillor Najeeb Al Kuwari has reportedly requested that the violators be fined and an empty plot of land fenced off to prevent trespassing in the area.
“There are about eight families in the area that are directly affected by this issue,” he was quoted as saying.
“The cars have been there for about six months and the families are sick of it.
“I have now spoken to Southern Municipality director-general Assem Abdullatif and he has assured me steps will be taken.
“The three steps are placing fines on the cars, padlocking the cars and fencing the land – which will probably occur in the first week of September.”
He admitted he had spoken to the traffic directorate, too, “but they haven’t paid us much attention”.