Neglected cars face Dh100k fine in Abu Dhabi

To issue law punishing acts that harm the city’s appearance

Owners of cars left for a long period of time in Abu Dhabi could be forced to pay up to Dh100,000 under a new law to be issued by the emirate in the next few days as part of a crackdown on acts harming the city’s appearance.

The car, neglected for any reason, could also be towed away while other acts punishable under the new law include the installation of unauthorized billboards, camping without licence, installing additional satellite dishes on buildings and villas, daubing walls or using them for unauthorized purposes, and other activities deemed harmful to the city’s image involving swimming pools, slaughterhouses, restaurants, shops, other businesses and activities considered as disturbing to the public.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has already ratified the law, which will be enforced by the Municipality’s inspectors within a few days, according to the semi official Arabic language daily Alittihad.

“The new law gives expanded powers to our inspectors who will be authorized to impose fines ranging between Dh200 and Dh100,000,” said Khalifa al Rumaithi, director of the public health division at the Municipality. “This will allow us to play a more active role in maintaining the civilized appearance of the emirate’s cities.”

Rumaithi said municipal inspectors had often faced problems trying to enforce regulations pertaining to Abu Dhabi’s appearance in the absence of clear fine system.

“The application of the new law will remove all obstacles and problems faced by our inspectors…the law involves definite penalties for various offences.”

He said the new rules prohibit any person from engaging in any act which would prejudice or harm the emirate’s appearance and its public health and calmness.

According to the paper, the law gives the emirate’s municipalities the right to take penal actions against offenders, starting with a warning and suspending that activity. It also authorizes them to seize equipment used in that activity, freezing the licence and forcing offenders to remove all equipment and machinery at their own expense.

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