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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 October 2018

Abandoned cars to be seized as RAK Police gear up for crackdown

Owners handed 10-day warning over dumped vehicles

Police in RAK have issued a 10-day warning for owners of abandoned cars to move them or lose them. Courtesy RAK Police
Police in RAK have issued a 10-day warning for owners of abandoned cars to move them or lose them. Courtesy RAK Police

Police in Ras Al Khaimah have issued a 10-day warning to owners of abandoned cars to move their vehicles before they are impounded.

The force has launched a crackdown on dumped vehicles, which they say are a blight on the image of the emirate.

Inspectors will start placing stickers on vehicles on Monday - calling for owners to move them within ten days.

Captain Rashid Belhoun, the team leader of the initiative, said cars left gathering dust can also be a "hideout" for criminals.

“Abandoned vehicles reflects negatively on the public’s image of the emirate if left for a long time on the street and can be a hideout for lawbreakers and a place for illegal practices,” said Captain Belhoun.

Most abandoned vehicles can be found around residential areas, main roads and in front of repair shops, police said.

Last month, almost 250 cars were removed from roads in Mussaffah in Abu Dhabi and more than 700 warnings handed out during inspections.

The inspections targeted abandoned vehicles, street vendors and building offences — such as improper storage of building materials or poorly maintained buildings.

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