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Wednesday, February 06, 2013 10:16:08 AM (IST)  

Man returns from leave to Dh23,500 in parking fines

Abu Dhabi, Feb 6 (Emirates 24X7) : An Arab expatriate travelled home for a holiday and left his car parked near his apartment in Abu Dhabi.

When he returned, he was shocked to learn that he had piled up parking fines of Dh23,500.

Instead of paying the fines, he filed a law suit against Mawaqif, a Department of Transport affiliate in charge of paid parking services in the emirate.

The court rejected his plea after Mawaqif argued that the man knew he left his car in a paid parking space before travelling abroad.

Mawaqif rebuffed claims by the unnamed driver that he left his car in a place before it was turned into a paid parking area. It told the court that he was fined many times and came to its office to pay the fines before travelling.

“The man asked court to cancel the fines or if possible, reduce them. But the court rejected his demands and ordered him to pay legal fees for the case,” the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Emirat Alyoum said.

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Comments on this article
Edward C Maben, Mangalore/Bangalore
Thursday, February 07, 2013

I guess its better we all give up western culture and embrace middle east culture. Look at it this way. Head for a head, hand for a hand, death for drugs, wider roads, lesser rapes.

Praveen, Kavoor/MUSCAT
Thursday, February 07, 2013


Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA
Thursday, February 07, 2013

You have no other option but to pay the fine. You parked, you pay for it.

vincent, belthangady
Wednesday, February 06, 2013


Praveen, Mangalore
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Arab Mentality . He thought authority can fine only once. so he can pay AED 150.00 and can park the car for months. Idea Back fired

shivraj, mangalore
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

fine is main source of income for them !

avani, mlore/auh
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

My resolution for 2013 is not to get any Mawaqif fine.

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