No free rides: Crackdown on Dubai Metro car-park freeloaders


By Majorie van Leijen

Since the barriers at the multi-storey car park of Rashidiya Metro Station were activated, half of the commuters using the car park turned out to be not eligible for the free car park space.

A parking space in a car park adjacent to a Metro station – or other public transport station – is free when the commuter makes use of the public transportation network.

This was confirmed in Resolution No. 1 of 2013 earlier this month. Issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, part 2 of the resolution reads: “Users of public transportation may use parking spaces available in areas attached to public transport stations free of charge for a period of 24 hours. People who do not use public transport and wish to use the parking spaces in such areas have to pay a certain fee..,” followed by the fees defined.

These rules, however, are not new. “The change is that they will now be enforced,” said Adel Al Marzouki, Director of Parking at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). More info