Dubai parking inspector’s arsenal: Whistle, Samsung Note, Google Glass…

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By Majorie van Leijen  www.emirates247.com

Have you ever been whistled at in a parking area? Was your vehicle snapped on a camera while you left it for a minute? If so, you must have been double-parking your vehicle.

An official from the traffic department prepares to issue a fine to a parked car at Jamal Abdul Nasr street in Sharjah, April 1, 2009.  Photo by Chandra Balan
An official from the traffic department prepares to issue a fine to a parked car at Jamal Abdul Nasr street in Sharjah, April 1, 2009. Photo by Chandra Balan

Double parking is a violation and can be fined with Dh200. But the traditional paper fine is not the only measure applied to curtail violators. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police have a handful of tools to catch violators in the act.

Whereas the RTA controls the paid-parking zone, Dubai Police monitors the unpaid parking areas. “Double parking is a violation in any case,” explained Adel Al Marzouki, Director of Parking at the RTA.

“There are drop-off zones where it is allowed to halt the car for this purpose, but if there is no dedicated area, double parking is not allowed and can be fined with Dh200.”

However, motorists can get away with a warning if they are present in their car. “If the driver is in the car, the parking inspector may blow a whistle instructing him to move,” said Al Marzouki. More info

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