The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department has released new technical requirements for permits for public services buildings [retail outlets] and fuel supply stations, ‘Al Bayan’ newspaper reported.
The report states that the decision comes to increase the safety of all visitors to restaurants and shops attached to gas stations, overlooking main roads.
As a recent accident at a restaurant in Al Humaidia area, a 10-year old boy of an Arab nationality and a woman of an Asian nationality died.
The new rules
Abdul Rahman Mohammed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman said that the goal of issuing the new requirements is for the safety of all in Ajman.
He added that nine new rules will be in place, including traffic and parking within the station or the project; fuel stations will be allowed only one building utilised for business activities no larger than 10 per cent of the space upto a maximum of 300 square metres.
Construction will also have to be not less than 1.5 metres from the sidewalk.
Buildings for auto services such as repairing and replacing tyres and car washes, will be allowed separately.
No accommodation for workers will be allowed at the automotive service stations.
Dubai petrol store alert
Petrol stations in different Emirates have been erecting strong fencing outside their convenient stores parking to protect the shops, especially the fragile glass exterior.
Senior managers revealed to Emirates 24|7 that recently three vehicles have rammed into different convenient stores in Deira, Bur Dubai and Sharjah smashing the glass fencing and destroying part of the store.
“We were advised to erect a strong fencing of concrete pillars in front of the stores to prevent such bizarre accidents during parking.
“Three of our stores were partially damaged and their glass walls destroyed by crazy drivers who had rammed into the stores. There is parking in front of the convenient stores and in three four cases, drivers have rammed into the store by pushing the accelerator, instead of the brake pedal,” an EPPCO manager said
“Three accidents happened in our stores in Deira, Sharjah and Jumeirah. In all the three cases, the driver who was trying to park in front of the convenient store rammed into the shops after mistakenly pressing the accelerator pedal instead of brake pedal,” he added.
“The distance between the glass fencing and the parking area is not very wide and the driver tends to ram into the store. All the stores have fragile glass walls,” said the manager of another petrol station in Deira.