The Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) spotted 4,304 abandoned vehicles at Musaffah Industrial Area in 20915, which have been left at public areas, car parks, open areas and other unoccupied spaces. These vehicles are under monitoring.
In January 2016, the municipality impounded 492 vehicles of different types from Musaffah Industrial Area.
As per amended Law No. (2) of 2012, the notice period has been changed to three days from the earlier 14 days, following which the inspector will notify the vehicles-towing company to remove the vehicle to Al Wathba impound location.
Motorists will be fined Dh3,000 and if the offender reports to the municipality, then a settlement of paying 50 per cent of the fine may be offered. However, should the offence be repeated, the fine will be doubled and daily impound fees levied.
This move is part of the Municipality’s drive to educate public about the importance of avoiding the practice of leaving vehicles for extended periods in different places in shabby conditions marring the civilized appearance of the city.
"This drive replicates the policy of the Municipal System towards maintaining cleanliness of the city, improving the public appearance, enhancing the public safety and security, minimizing environmental pollution and diffusing environmental awareness among community members as well as revitalizing their role in protecting and conserving the environment," the ADM said.
"The Municipality has made it clear that it would follow up notices served and affixed on abandoned vehicles to give owners a grace period to tow them away from these places or at least keep them clean from accumulated dust. If no action was taken however, the Municipality would have no other option but to remove them to the impounded vehicles yard where the applicable legal actions will take place," it added.
492 vehicles impounded in January
In January 2016, the Municipality impounded 492 vehicles of different types from Musaffah Industrial Area including tankers, transporters, and light vehicles which have exhausted the legal grace period notified in posters affixed by inspectors to these vehicles in order for the concerned parties to take action towards redressing the status of such vehicles by transporting or cleaning them.
The Municipality says it is coping with this phenomenon in accordance with legal procedures based on the Law No. (2) for 2012 for maintaining the public appearance, health and tranquility in Abu Dhabi along with its executive regulations. Subsequent amendments revised the notice period had been specified as 3 days instead of 14 days following which the inspector will notify the vehicles-towing company to remove the often dusted vehicle. The law is applicable to all vehicles including trailers, boats and others; which are all subject to the removal to the vehicles impounding area at Al Wathba.
In implementation of the provisions of the Law No (2) for 2012, a fine of Dh3,000 is imposed, and once the offender reports to the Municipality, a settlement is offered including the payment of 50 per cent of the fine. But should the offence recur, the fine will be doubled and daily impounding fees will be applied, depending on the type of vehicle, and the area from which the vehicle had been removed.
The campaign on abandoned vehicles at Musaffah Industrial Area covered several sectors namely 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 17, 23, 24, 33, 38, and 39. The Municipality has also begun inspecting other sectors at Musaffah Industrial Area.