New Dh500 fine for Sharjah's 'trashy' drivers

Sharjah Municipality also warned residents to avoid parking their vehicles in the space between buildings, which would also levy a fine (Supplied)

Residents of Sharjah be warned, parking near a trash container can levy a fine of Dh500 in the emirate.

Sharjah Municipality has issued a public notice for the same, alerting drivers that parking in a manner that impedes operations will result in a fine.

The notice stated: “Sharjah Municipality calls upon residents in Sharjah not to park their vehicles close to garbage containers so as not to impede the container discharge operations, and consequently attract a fine of Dh500.”

Last month, Sharjah Municipality also warned residents to avoid parking their vehicles in the space between buildings, which would also levy a fine.

The government authority stated at the time: “Do not park your vehicle in the space left between buildings, as such spaces are allotted for use only in emergencies by the Civil Defence, Ambulances and the Police.”

The authority also stated fines would be handed out to violators, while repeat offenders can also see their vehicles impounded.

Parking woes have plagued Sharjah residents in the past, with the municipality building public parking lots and installing meters to combat the growing problem.

However, Binu Thomas, a resident of Abu Shagara states: “Despite a crackdown by the municipality, finding parking in the neighbourhood continues to be a struggle for residents who fight for space between used car showrooms that park their vehicles.

“Now with fines issued for parking between buildings, next to rubbish dumps or a in sanded lots, we literally have nowhere to go if we arrive after 5pm.”

Ruqya Mahmood, a resident of Al Khan, said: “We have two cars and only one is allowed to be parked in the building. So at any point we need to remove one car, the other is moved out of the building and parked outside in the vacated spot. It is desperate times, and no one wants to be sitting in the area for one hour waiting for a car to pull out.”

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