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Khalifa isues law for regulating parking facilities in Abu Dhabi

Oct 24, 2009 - 03:10 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, 24th Oct. 2009 (WAM) -- President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, law no 18 of 2009 regulating vehicle parking facilities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The law authorised the Department of Transport (DoT) to identify and locate spaces not under private ownership as paid or non-paid public parking lots in coordination with the relevant authorities in the emirate, manage and oversee these facilities or assign others to do so, allocate free of charge spaces for specific groups, identify no-parking areas, issue free or low cost permits, grant licenses to owners of lands, whether built-in or not, to use them as paid parking facilities, and allocate spaces for persons with special needs, civil defence engines, ambulance, public transport, and taxies.

The DoT will collect fees for paid parking facilities through payment machines except for the exempted days and occasions. According to the law vehicles not carrying number plate will not be allowed to use these facilities. Vehicles will also not be allowed to use the parking spaces beyond the limited time, or park on lots reserved for certain groups.

The parking facilities should not be exploited as places for selling or practicing any commercial activities or promotional road shows with obtaining prior permission from the DoT. A prior consent is also needed for use of road pavements and outdoor spaces.

''Designs of new buildings will not be issued unless they take into consideration the availability of enough parking lots for tenants and visitors.Landlords of existing building before or after this law is issued are demanded to secure spaces for tenants according to the executive regulations of the law,'' the law said.

The landlord is demanded to submit a request to the DoT for more spaces if the lots in his building are lower than the number of tenants. The DoT shall study the possibility of allocating more space for him.

No one is allowed to manage public or private parking or use any property for this purpose without consent from the DoT.

As for penalties, the offenders of this law shall face a fine of not more than Dh 50,000.

The chairman of the DoT shall issue the executive regulations of this law with attachments of violations, and structure of fines and fees after being approved by Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

This law shall be published in the gazette and shall go into force from the date of publishing.

WAM/TF