Parking the problem
Police in Abu Dhabi have withdrawn driving licences from 489 motorists for accumulating 24 black points on their driving licenses during 2016. A number of motorists also had their cars seized by police who were determined to crack down on offenders. Brigadier General Ahmed Abdullah Al Shehhi, Deputy Director of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said: “We withdrew licences from the drivers and confiscated their cars because they had exceeded the black point limit.” According to traffic laws, a car is taken away for a period of two weeks the first time a driver exceeds the black points limit.
Free parking during the day is coming to an end in Sharjah, with motorists now having to pay Dhs2 an hour. The decision was made by Sharjah Municipality, which said that free parking was creating a problem for traders with people abusing the privilege in the emirate. “The move aims to make it easier for shoppers to find a parking space during the afternoon. A number of drivers were seen misusing the free parking,” said a spokesperson. “Free parking was having a negative effect on the shops of Sharjah in the afternoon.”