Dubai Municipality has announced a new system to help remove abandoned vehicles from Dubai roads and make the city look cleaner. The organization has announced that abandoned vehicles for a long duration will soon get a warning from the municipality before their vehicle is removed. An SMS alert system will notify the owners of the abandoned vehicle that they should either remove or clean their vehicle before its impounded. The new system is part of the municipality’s efforts to “maintain city cleanliness.”
Maintaining city cleanliness, the #DubaiMunicipality will change procedures of unwanted vehicles, to facilitate notifying the owners of removing their abandoned vehicles, to preserve the beauty of the city, reserve and respect the residents' rights to park. pic.twitter.com/gYWMZcL4wD
— بلدية دبي | Dubai Municipality (@DMunicipality) January 13, 2020
The Dubai Municipality said in a post on twitter, “Dubai Municipality will change procedures of unwanted vehicles, to facilitate notifying the owners of removing their abandoned vehicles, to preserve the beauty of the city, reserve and respect the residents’ rights to park”. Car owners will receive an SMS giving them a deadline by which they should move their car. If they fail to move the vehicle before the deadline mentioned in the SMS, the municipality will impound the vehicle.
In 2019, the Dubai Municipality implemented a campaign called, “My Vehicle” will warned owners of their vehicle being towed to a scrapyard to prevent the “distortion of the general appearance of the city”. As part of the scheme, stickers were placed on offending vehicles for 15 days before they were towed away. If the owner of the impounded vehicle failed to come forward after six months, the vehicle would then be sold off at an auction.
Commenting on the new campaign, Abdulmajeed Saifaie, director of the waste management department at Dubai Municipality said that the aim of the campaign was to raise the level of community awareness on the damages done by neglected vehicles. He said that it was also being implemented with the goal of promoting the values of social responsibility in maintaining the sustainability of the public appearance and beauty of public utilities.