All Parking In Abu Dhabi Has To Be Paid For In New Rules
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport has introduced new parking regulations. You are now required to pay hourly and daily parking fees in all areas across the city.
Areas such as Al Muroor and Al Bateen which were previously allowing vehicles to park for free, but will now be charging a fee - unless you live near that area and have already issued a residential permit. This new regulation was implemented on Saturday 18 August.
“Parking across Abu Dhabi island, from the Corniche up until Al Maqta, Shaikh Zayed and Musaffah bridges, will be paid, with the exception of spaces in the Embassies area,” a Department of Transport official told Gulf News.
The Department of Transport have said that this initiative has been taken to ensure smooth traffic flow, get rid off random parking and to improve road safety. It will also shorten the time motorists spend looking for parking spaces and encourage the use of public transport, which in protects the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The price of spaces hasn't changed with the new rules. Spaces will cost Dhs2 per hour for standard parking, and Dhs3 per hour for premium parking. Drivers can also pay Dhs15 to park for a full day.
The new legislation has led to residents considering moving house, if they had previously relied on free street parking, as it is expected that annual permits will cost between Dhs800 and Dhs1,200 for a year.
"The only solution is to move to Khalifa City, where there is no paid parking," one resident of Abu Dhabi's Mawaqif area told The National.