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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Cars and bikes seized in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah

Abu Dhabi Municipality issued almost 750 warnings during inspections

Hundreds of motorcycles and bikes are seized by Sharjah Police. Courtesy Sharjah Police
Hundreds of motorcycles and bikes are seized by Sharjah Police. Courtesy Sharjah Police

Almost 250 cars were removed from roads in Mussaffah and more than 700 warnings handed out during inspections.

Organised by the industrial area’s municipal centre and Abu Dhabi Municipality, the inspections targeted abandoned vehicles, street vendors and building offences — such as improper storage of building materials or poorly maintained buildings.

Some 742 warnings were issued to unlicensed street vendors and 242 cars were removed from Mussaffah and taken to the impound lot because they “mar the public appearance of the city”, the municipality said.

Building waste from 23 areas in Mussaffah were also removed.

UAE Law No (2) for 2012 calls for the protection of public appearance, public health and tranquillity in Abu Dhabi and the Executive Regulation.

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Under this law, owners of abandoned vehicles will be issued a warning that expires in three days from the date of affixing notices on car windows. If the car is not removed by the end of deadline, the car will be impounded and its owner fined Dh3,000.

The Municipality also serves landlords warnings if their buildings do not meet safety standards.

In a similar drive, Sharjah Police confiscated more than 400 motorbikes in one day, the force said on Saturday.

The 435 unlicensed motorcycles were deemed dangerous and their seizure was part of efforts to reduce accidents in the emirate.

Maj Mohammed Al Shehhi, head of the traffic control department, called on motorcyclists to drive carefully and ensure their vehicles are licensed. He also reminded bicycle owners to wear reflective vests and helmets when cycling.