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Confiscation rounds of abandoned cars in Dubai continue

After Dubai Municipality announced it would begin confiscating abandoned cars in public areas, master community managers have done their bit in informing motorists

Nikhil Pereira is the deputy editor of facilities management Middle East.
Nikhil Pereira is the deputy editor of facilities management Middle East.

Dubai Municipality announced the seizure of abandoned or untended vehicles in public spaces late last year. The announcement came at a meeting held by the Waste Management Department of the municipality when it opened dialogue with leading real estate developers in order to remove vehicles abandoned on the road sides and public places obstructing the city cleaning process.

It’s a move that has been met with a warm reception, as I have learnt from my interactions with residents across different communities in Dubai.

Consider Nakheel’s Gardens and Discovery Gardens for instance, a bustling residential master community in Dubai’s Jebel Ali district. There, several cars lay abandoned in its parking lots creating a problem for residents to find a parking spot especially in the evening.

There, the master community manager Nakheel has ramped up efforts to round up neglected vehicles by placing circulars on windscreens. Residents have said a fresh round of circulars have found their way under the windscreen wipers of cars cloaked in dust and neglect.

Fair warning has been given to these vehicles and their owners.

Upon contacting Nakheel I learnt that the community management department has done its bit, and the matter now lies with Dubai Municipality.

I consider the efforts put in by authorities to maintain the decorum of the city quite admirable, as the municipality actively continues its ‘My Vehicle’ campaign, which carries out vehicle confiscation in coordination and cooperation with real estate developers in the emirate.

The aforementioned meeting was held in September, which was attended by representatives of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Dubai Investment Group, TECOM, Dubai Properties Group and Meydan group.

The detailed procedure for confiscation was outlined by the department’s director Eng. Abdul Majeed Sifai as well.

Identified vehicles have been given a 15 day notice, with a warning sticker pasted on the car, during which the owner needs to respond to it.

Failure to do so will lead to the confiscation of the vehicle, which is then shifted to the municipality scrap yard of the warehouse section under the Contracts and Purchase Department. If the vehicle owner does not contact the municipality to pay the fine, the vehicle will be sold by auction.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Emirates Auction website for some good deals.

Happy reading and a Happy New Year 2018!

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