1,956 abandoned cars seized in 2013 in Dubai

Applying the Local Order No.11 of 2003 regarding the public health and safety, the waste management department of Dubai municipality has intensified the inspection of abandoned vehicles in public places of the emirate of Dubai.

This was stated by Salah Amiri, assistant director general for the environmental and public health services sector at Dubai municipality.

“The civic body has the complete authority to seize and remove abandoned vehicles. Residents should not leave their cars unattended or unclean for a long time, allowing them to get coated with dusted or become dirty,” he said.

“The move is mainly aimed at maintaining the beauty and aesthetic view of the city as well as to preserve public health,” Amiri said.

Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director waste management department, said: “In 2013 the department seized 1,956 vehicles including cars in mint condition, damaged, vehicles involved in accidents ...etc.  The number of vehicles seized in 2012 was only 1,019 indicating a huge increase that cannot be allowed in any situation. 

“Normally people leave their car unattended when they are going for vacation, or if they do not intend to return to the country for several reasons including accumulated debts in bank, job loss ...etc. I would urge the residents of Dubai not to leave their vehicles unattended in any case, as we have instructed our inspectors to place the warning notice on the windshield if the car is dirty or damaged and seize them after 15 days from the warning date,” Saifaie said.

“Seized vehicles will be kept in the impounded area for six months and will be sold at auction if the owner didn’t retain it during this period,” he added.   
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