Sharjah drivers left out of pocket after parking fees mix-up

Motorists wrongly believed that public parking would be free from Sunday

Drivers complained to Sharjah Municipality after media reports falsely stated parking would be free from Sunday.
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Scores of Sharjah motorists saw red when they were hit with parking fines after being led to believe fees had been waived at the start of the week.

Sharjah Municipality received a flood of complaints from drivers who had caught out by inaccurate media reports that public parking would be free for a period of three days, starting June 2.

Unwitting residents were then shocked to receive tickets for failing to pay when parking up.

Sharjah Municipality issued a statement confirming the reports were not correct, and had not come from the authority.

“The news attributed to Sharjah Municipality in regards to parking spots being free starting June 2, that was published in a local newspaper, is inaccurate and did not come from the municipality,” an official statement said.

Sharjah Municipality said it had stated that parking in a number of areas of the emirate would be free for three days from the start of the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

The Eid holiday is likely to begin on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The exact start date of the holiday depends on when Ramadan ends.