Park­ing the prob­lem

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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.”

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