Roadside vendors and dirty car owners targeted by tidy Abu Dhabi campaign

Fines handed out for tarnishing the city's image

ABU DHABI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES , JULY 24 – 2017 :- Dirty car with the fine ticket parked in the parking area near the corniche in Abu Dhabi . ( Pawan Singh / The National ) Story by Haneen
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Roadside vegetables sellers, the owners of dirty cars and unofficial advertisements are being targeted in a campaign aimed at smartening up Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Municipality said fines will be given to those that trade without a licence and the owners of dusty vehicles that it said brings down the image of their neighbourhood.

As The National reported last month, car owners that fail to ensure their vehicles are clean while on holiday face fines of Dh3,000 when they return. Officials said those away for extended periods of time should have a friend or family member take their of their vehicle.

Inspectors handed out Dh3,000 to almost 500 owners between April and July.

The municipality said it is seeking to "maintain the civilised appearance of cities and remove all distorting elements".

In the most recent sweep it handed out another 30 fines to owners.

According to a Municipality statement, motorists are given three days notice before impounding their car. The previous notice period was 14 days.

“If the vehicle is not removed after three days the Municipality will tow it to the impounding yard to protect the general appearance of the city as they become a source of public nuisance due to the accumulation of dust and waste," a spokesman said last month.


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Officers also said those that sell food from the roadside, often fruit and vegetables from the back of vehicles, had been inspected and failed to prove the source of their products or that they were "fit for consumption".

Municipal officials have also been tackling unofficial adverts placed at the side of roads to "maintaining the urban appearance" of the city.

The campaign will run throughout the year on Abu Dhabi Island and the mainland "to ensure the highest standards of health and safety for all community members", the authority said.