'Free parking permits' for Dubai residents

Traffic on Mankhool Street, where the new parking cards will be issued. (Supplied)

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the introduction of a parking permit system designed for inhabitants of residential districts in the emirate, issuing them with free parking permits usable in non-paid parking zones overnight.

The step is taken in response to the recurrent spotting of vehicles coming from other places (outsiders) using residential parking slots at night, causing trouble to inhabitants.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “These parking cards allow residents of the neighbourhoods to exclusively use public parking areas in their districts at night.

“Thus they will be issued with Type R parking cards, depending on the size of the residential unit in terms of the number of rooms, and the type of accommodation (flat, house, villa).

“The applicant for a parking permit of this type has to have a family accommodation in the area and support the application by a title deed or an attested tenancy agreement in order to be issued with a residential parking permit usable in non-paid parking zones at night.

“A Dh200 fine will be issued in respect of vehicles using such parking spaces without permits.

“The RTA will start applying this type of parking permits to Al Mankhool residential area on a tentative manner for a specific period, following which it can be applied to other areas suffering from the same practice in case the procedure proves successful.

“This decision primarily aims to providing safe and accessible parking spaces for residents within their districts at night. 

“The RTA opted to provide the R-Type parking permits service to inhabitants of residential districts in line with its strategic objectives aimed at revamping the services offered, and in response to the needs of clients living in areas not subjected to parking fees.

“The step is taken after the receipt of several complaints citing the frequent utilisation of these parking spaces by vehicles of car rental companies,” added the CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency.

Directional signs will be displayed prohibiting the parking of vehicles within the residential district at night unless they are issued with Type R parking cards.

Awareness leaflets will be distributed to all residents of the area as well as cars using residential parking spaces before activating the offence code applicable in this regard.

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