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11 March, 2006

Fight the good fight

Hooray for this plucky Ruskie who is fighting against a ludicrously unfair parking ticket:

"The Russian refused to pay the fine and pointed out that the marked lines allowed him to park as he did. He also showed the parking ticket he bought from the machine.

"The police officials, however, told him that the lines were old and he should have parked closer to the pavement. He was also told that the dotted lines had been cancelled following construction on the highway."

That the police even attempted such derisory arguments absolutely beggars belief.

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Blogger flamin said...

these are just arguments NOT to cancel the fine. these parking fines have always been a hassle. for some reason, the police/municipality is willing to go through hell of a fight but still don't budge from their stance. they NEVER cancel the parking fines. i wonder why.

11 March, 2006 04:11  
Blogger flamin said...

...and i thought it was only me awake at 4:10a.m :P

11 March, 2006 04:12  
Blogger marwan said...

Because the parking inspectors are berks whose 'authority' has to be protected?

11 March, 2006 05:05  
Blogger samuraisam said...

wait, is this the same country where people can't drive inbetween two lines on the road? unpossible.

11 March, 2006 06:03  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

LOL unpossible!!! what kind of english is that...
Anyways sam...there is the odd driver here and there...but in general the driving is good..
But yes...those parking tickets are getting crazy..

11 March, 2006 08:27  
Blogger qadi said...

This isn't unique to UAE. I'm going to traffic court in Harlem compliments of an impertinent member of the 26th precinct.

11 March, 2006 08:56  
Blogger samuraisam said...

unpossible is used where impossible simply isn't enough. It adds sarcasm and disbelief.

For instance;

Double Standards? Unpossible!

11 March, 2006 09:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how long "hot lemon & honey" has been away, but the driving is far from good here. It's freakin' insane most of the time.

11 March, 2006 09:37  
Blogger Mohamed Elzubeir said...

The reason why they do whatever it takes to not cancel any tickets is because it will be opening up the flood gates of hell. Everyone's got a problem with tickets.

Anyway, my attitude is, to hell with DM, they are too @)#(ing greedy. Ensure there are parking spots first, then come and fine people for not paying for them..

11 March, 2006 10:13  
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11 March, 2006 10:45  
Blogger MuFi101 said...


DAmN, oBVioUSLy tHTs a loTTa fiNEZ!!!!

11 March, 2006 12:20  
Blogger secretdubai said...

r some reason, the police/municipality is willing to go through hell of a fight but still don't budge from their stance. they NEVER cancel the parking fines. i wonder why.

Losing face. Simple, puerile pride.

11 March, 2006 13:12  
Blogger flamin said...

could be actually. because when u come to think of it, once i heard the policeman say that once we enter a fine, it can't be cancelled. u MUST pay for it. but when they 'erase' fines after a wasta-push, how difficult is it to undo a fine handed out in error?

11 March, 2006 13:33  
Blogger Harsha said...

thats exactly what i wonder, once a guy who issues parking fines, wanted to undo the fine he gave to a friend of mine, but said he couldnt reverse it, wasnt possible in their system...but so many times ppl tell m that they got their fine waved off through wasta

11 March, 2006 14:28  
Blogger al-republican said...

Hi PeEpz... i m juz tryin 2 b co0| liK3 Da rest!

K f9 dis iz gr8!

11 March, 2006 15:20  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

As a Russian, he'll be well practised in dealing with a corrupt, self-serving, and generally hopeless police force. My bet is he'll refuse to pay right up to the point that he's either beaten senseless or stuck in jail.

11 March, 2006 16:28  
Blogger the shadow said...

I second elzubeir on this one...they should improve the availability of parking spaces first. Some areas of Dubai are just a joke in terms of parking.

A colleague of mine who lives in Bur Dubai can't ever find parking spaces near where he lives so he's forced to park "creatively", almost certainly getting a ticket. And when he does manage to find a legal parking space he's late for work because he comes down to his car in the morning only to find some idiot has decided to block him in.

I mean, the poor guy has about 4000 dirhams in parking fines after driving only 3 months!

The parking attendants are only doing their jobs and I'm glad they're strict. I guess they will be making the most of this easy revenue for the next 5 years or so until DM to get their act together and build some car parks.

11 March, 2006 17:15  
Blogger BreastImplants said...

Every time I listen to someone complain about driving in Dubai, I smile to myself. My blood pressure is normal. I don't feel the need to give an asshole driver the one finger salute.
Or curse like a sailor in front of my mum and almost have her disown me.
I don't drive on the godawful roads of Dubai.

11 March, 2006 19:45  
Blogger unJane said...

Talk about double standards - unpossible......have you ever been around the Spinney's, Magrudy's, Gerard's area on Beach Road on a Thursday? Cars parked everywhere including sidewalks and not a ticket in sight to disturb the coffee-drinking pleasure of the seemingly rich and unemployed.

11 March, 2006 20:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trains are coming..!!

'chooo choo!' (though I think it doesn't make sounds)

I just hope that WE will use it.

11 March, 2006 21:36  
Blogger archer14 said...

Trains vs. The Toyota Corolla Brigade vs. The Driving schools. This is gonna be a tough fight. Lets see how they all fight it out.

12 March, 2006 00:55  
Blogger Stuart Friedman said...

Most Western legal systems have some sort of knowledge element which encompasses the notion of "fair warning." This means that the Government should give its citizens fair notice of what is prohibitted and what is permitted, particularly where it isn't obvious (e.g. killing, burglarly, etc).

Part of this notion is the fact that if Government gives you bad advice, there is no violation. For example, assume the UK erroneously published a Russian edition of its driver's licence training manual which said that between 2am and 5am, you could drive through a red light after stopping and ensuring there was no oncoming traffic. Assume further that the translator just made this up or was on drugs when he/she wrote it.

If the driver proved that he relied on this Government statement that he could run the red light and it was not an unreasonable reliance, the ticket would be dismissed. The Government provided false information which he relied on. In the UAE, they don't even get the notion about how the driver should be let off the hook because they gave incorrect information.

I was in Sharja and was given an admission ticket to the Desert Wildlife Centre which said in clear English no photography in Building 1. I was almost arrested when I took a photo (no women or children around) in Building 2. I should have known that no photography was permitted. When I showed them the ticket which said Building 1, they looked at me increduously and said that this changed five years ago. The problem was I bought the ticket five minutes ago. The fact that I relied on their English translation didn't even save me from a tongue lashing.

In the UAE, the notion of reliance on Government statements doesn't even seem to mitigate punishment.

12 March, 2006 08:23  

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