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Abu Dhabi targets abandoned cars for removal
More than 1,500 abandoned vehicles were towed from Abu Dhabi district last year.
June 28, 2010 11:06 by Rasha Reslan
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is calling on car owners not to abandon their vehicles in public places or private parking lots, the Gulf News reported Monday. With the start of the summer vacation, the municipality cites concerns over the threats to health and safety posed by abandoned automobiles, noting that last year 1,595 such cars were removed from the Abu Dhabi district.
The municipality stresses the public responsibility for combating the problem, heightened during the summer travel season. Some motorists have abandoned cars or mechanical devices, “in a way that transforms them into rubbish deposits, sources of pollution and havens for rodents, besides disfiguring the environment, undermining public health and causing serious security hazards,” the Gulf News reported.
An ongoing campaign to tow abandoned vehicles from public streets and sidewalks permits inspectors to impound vehicles that are not removed within 24 hours of receiving notice. Owners must report to the designated impound location in a timely manner, or risk additional action.