Motorists in Abu Dhabi are required to pay parking fee until midnight.
The new rule by the Department of Transport is effective since Tuesday (August 21).
According to the system, paid parking hours extend from 8am until midnight - a total of 16 hours. However, those with residential permits can continue availing the free time between 9pm until 8am.
Officials will ensure the new rule is met with effectively, the department added.
New paid parking areas in three Dubai Free Zones
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement for operating, managing and regulating the parking lots of Tecom Investments, a subsidiary of the Dubai Holding Group.
The agreement lasts for 10 years and covers around 9,084 parking slots in Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, and Dubai Knowledge Village.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the RTA by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, and on behalf of Tecom by Abdullatif Al Mulla, Group CEO.
Al Tayer expressed his delight with the signing of this agreement; the first of its kind in the free economic zones.
"The agreement aims to streamline the use of public parking, reduce traffic grids, provide the largest possible number of parking slots for users, and curb the disorderly and dangerous parking practices undermining the safety of road users.
"The implementation of paid parking zones contributes to optimizing the use of parking slots through enabling a single parking slot to be used by more than one vehicle, particularly in congested parts of the city; which are bustling with diverse trading and business activities."
For his part Abdullatif Al Mulla said: "The agreement will help sort out traffic congestions in areas where Tecom is operating; which is triggered by the disorderly parking of vehicles, and also streamline the entry and exit from our facilities." Al Mulla added that Tecom gave due considerations to the needs and requirements of investors and clients.
Traffic offenders with unpaid fines cannot leave UAE: Dubai Police
Dubai Police has said traffic offenders with huge fines will not be allowed to leave the country until they pay their fines.
“She will not face any case, but her vehicle will be in detention and her file will be frozen, and she will not be able to leave the country,” the police said when asked by Emirates 24|7 on what possible action will be taken against the Bangladeshi woman who has accumulated Dh201,140 in fines for 257 traffic violations.
The police, however, clarified that the total amount can be paid in installments.
Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Acting Director, General Department, Traffic, Dubai Police, said total traffic fines by 17 erring motorists in the emirate hit a whopping Dh2.9 million, with the list including 80 per cent Emiratis, including three women and five men.
A Syrian woman was second on the list of violators owing the department Dh186,900 for 288 violations, followed by an Egyptian recorded 236 violations - majority of them for speeding - with Dh169,420 in fines.
An Emirati woman in sixth place has a total of Dh134,160 and 218 violations, while an Emirati man accumulated Dh129,210 for 204 violations.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Dubai was planning to introduce a “white points system” involving incentives for drivers who respect traffic rules within its ongoing fight against traffic law abuses.
The novel project will run parallel to the existing black points system enforced by Dubai and all other emirates in line with a federal law intended to curb road accidents and deter reckless motorists.
“Dubai’s traffic police will enforce the new white points system this year. It includes offering incentives for committed drivers and cutting black points.
“It also involves discounts coupons at major shopping outlets, gifts and possibly reduction of fines for those who show respect to traffic rules,” Dubai’s traffic police chief, Major General Mohammed Al Zaffin, had said at the time.