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11 September, 2006

Ticketed off

Everyone loves a surprise, so isn't it kind of the Roads and Transport Authority, particularly as people are feeling a bit sad now Dubai Summer Surprises is over, to give some residents a big surprise?

"Bur Dubai residents woke up to a very nasty surprise yesterday morning as cars parked outside apartment buildings were slapped with parking tickets after dozens of new parking meters were activated without warning.

"One frustrated resident, who lives in a building behind Burjuman said the parking meter she parked next to was still surrounded by rubble and building materials and as residents were not informed on the date of meter’s operation, she assumed it was not yet operational. "So unless the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) sent residents telepathic messages, I can’t see how we were supposed to know when to start paying,” said Amanda Peterson.""


If Dubai, the City That Cares, becomes any more caring, it will turn into just one big humanitarian zone!

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19 Comments:

Blogger moryarti said...

I worked for a company that's located in an area that only has paid parking lots. For about 3 years, i've sufferd from random parking meter-related obscurities such as this one...

11 September, 2006 07:27  
Blogger Alex said...

Not the only one to get a surprise..

11 September, 2006 08:33  
Anonymous fellow atheist said...

Ah.. I live there. I am so scared of going out to see the parking citation slapped on my windshielf :)

If I haven't been lazy and gone to work on time, I wouldn't have to worry about this of course!

11 September, 2006 08:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware - you will soon be charged for entering shopping malls next - to keep them clean and keep out the non-buyers and riff raff. What's next after that? Paying to look at the Burjuman and other shopping malls and architectural joys?

11 September, 2006 10:18  
Anonymous BoingBoing said...

Completely OT

To commemorate 9/11 Vogue Italia has published a photo spread titled - "State of Emergency". [ via the boingboing blog
Enjoy the link above before etisalad blocks it.

Also available here sans the crappy flash.

11 September, 2006 11:06  
Blogger Nesa Simon David said...

LOLZ... why don't all you fools wise up & drive motorcycles instead!

1. My motorcycle gives me 500 km in exchange for 16 dirhams of regular petrol

2. I can reach a destination as quick or quicker than a car driving at twice the top speed

3. one word: parking. okay two: traffic.

4. I ALWAYS get the same mileage no matter what, traffic or no traffic..

when more people start driving motorcycles, dubai will be a better place, people (esp taxi drivers) will be less stressed out, there will be less traffic, more fuel savings (no more huge-ass tin boxes with single occupant)

i could go on & on...

11 September, 2006 11:27  
Anonymous dubai_heathen said...

Does anyone notice the liberal use of the word "Authority" in almost every government institution..?

Free Zone Authority
Dubai Ports Authority
Roads and Transport Authority
Social Services and Pension Authority
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Dubai Authority for Investment
Emirates Racing Authority

Sounds a bit dictatorial or totalitarian if you ask me..

11 September, 2006 12:17  
Anonymous dubai_heathen said...

au‧thor‧i‧ty  /əˈθɔrɪti, əˈθɒr-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[uh-thawr-i-tee, uh-thor-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun, plural -ties. 1. the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.
2. a power or right delegated or given; authorization: Who has the authority to grant permission?
3. a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested, as a governmental agency.
4. Usually, authorities. persons having the legal power to make and enforce the law; government: They finally persuaded the authorities that they were not involved in espionage.
5. an accepted source of information, advice, etc.
6. a quotation or citation from such a source.
7. an expert on a subject: He is an authority on baseball.
8. persuasive force; conviction: She spoke with authority.
9. a statute, court rule, or judicial decision that establishes a rule or principle of law; a ruling.
10. right to respect or acceptance of one's word, command, thought, etc.; commanding influence: the authority of a parent; the authority of a great writer.
11. mastery in execution or performance, as of a work of art or literature or a piece of music.
12. a warrant for action; justification.
13. testimony; witness.

Riiiiiiiight.....

11 September, 2006 12:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live there as well. It's absolutely ridiculous that everyone with more than one car has to suffer through the Government's rubbish parking policy. As if Paid parking wasn't annoying enough, it's Dhs. 1 for and hour and Dhs. 5 for two? Did these guys not learn math at school?

What a load of crap. Coupled with Etisalat's monopoly and restricted service and millions of dirhams of radar-related fines, there seems to be no limit to the greed of the Dubai Municipality.

11 September, 2006 12:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live there as well. It's absolutely ridiculous that everyone with more than one car has to suffer through the Government's rubbish parking policy. As if Paid parking wasn't annoying enough, it's Dhs. 1 for and hour and Dhs. 5 for two? Did these guys not learn math at school?

What a load of crap. Coupled with Etisalat's monopoly and restricted service and millions of dirhams of radar-related fines, there seems to be no limit to the greed of the Dubai Municipality.

11 September, 2006 12:40  
Anonymous fellow atheist said...

If you have two cars you shouldn't have a problem paying up. I know, I have 2 cars (well, finally sold the second one).

First off, I'm happy to report that parking on the ramp of the entrance to our building parking lot (which is inaccssible to anyone with moderate parking skills unless you are in a Smart Car), is safe from parking ticket goons.

Secondly, there is a real good side-effect to this. The number of prostitutes in the area has considerably decreased. I know, because I always drive around counting them before I get home -- well, since I read about the police acting on a petition by one of the tenants. Last night, there were only 6 I was able to spot. This figure is usually between 12-20.

11 September, 2006 13:19  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

Fellow Atheist,
Is counting prostitutes a good substitiute for counting sheep?!

Nesa Simon David,
I too have a motorcycle but am too scared of being knocked off to ride it!

11 September, 2006 13:42  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

Have you noticed the RTA's policy of enforcing short-term parking? Aside from two hours costing five times as much as one hour, the maximum stay is 4 hours at a cost of Dh11. Yet paid parking is between 8am and 1pm and then again from 4pm to 9pm. Five hours each.

How are you supposed to go away for a weekend and leave your car in a Pay and Display zone? It's impossible.

The saviour is the Parking Permit. Costing the thick end of Dh 2000 for a year, this provides virtually unlimited parking within Dubai. Presumably anyone with a car and a Dubai address can afford this usury.

Parking enforcement is arguably the only part of Dubai traffic enforcement that is effectively policed. Outstay your welcome at a meter and you will get a ticket! I once saw a car in Karama adorned with a ticket at 8:10am when his 12-month parking permit had expired the previous day at 9:00pm.

11 September, 2006 14:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the greed of jebal ali free zone , (jafza) . I had submitted all the documents along with passport,medical report and pictures of one of my staff 3 months ago . they still have not put the visa on the passport and today they asked me to pay a fine of 410 for overstay . how much more ridiculous can it be ???i tried to explain the jafza authorities that its their fault and not mine , but all the expanation were falling on deaf ears and i had to pay 410 .

11 September, 2006 14:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the parking inspectors have even started slapping fines on friday as well . My car was fined on friday in front of my eyes . And on another incidence i have seen those inspectors giving fines at 3 am . on illegal parked cars .

11 September, 2006 15:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about visitors?, let's say you invite some people for lunch at your apartment, or any other gathering?, they have to cope with such an annoyance.
But I have seen worse: in some countries in Latin America, you do have to pay for parking inside a mall! and (not totally annoying since it has a "green" factor) some cars are not allowing to circulate on specific days depending on the last digit of their license plate.
Anyways, can't wait to reach the moment in Dubai when you have to pay a fee to park next to a petrol pump while fueling your car, and will not get surprised if tomorrow I find a parking meter next to my parking space in my building!! LOL!

11 September, 2006 16:54  
Anonymous who's the real terrorist ? said...

this has nothing to do with ur parking meters...but shld u or ur fans be interested on a different view on what happned on 9/11/01 - check the video on this site www.loosechange911.com

11 September, 2006 18:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No thanks terrorist. I already know what happened on 9/11 - I was there.

But thanks for giving us an option to belive in your terrorist propaganda rather than facts.

:)

14 September, 2006 12:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Beware - you will soon be charged for entering shopping malls next - to keep them clean and keep out the non-buyers and riff raff."

cool, good idea imo. we also need to impose a 500 dhm pm road tax, which will get rid of most of the crap drivers(yes, you know who you are!) who should never have been issued a license in the first place!

problem solved ;O)

15 September, 2006 02:07  

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