There is no question that driving a dirty car along the road will attract unwarranted attention, wherever you may be, but drive a dirty car in Dubai and you’ll get attention alright – on top of an AED 500 fine!
The Dubai Municipality has issued a warning to its residents to keep their cars clean and presentable – as keeping them unwashed for a long time is not only an eyesore but is also considered a form of uncivilized behaviour, which can also leave a bad impression on the city’s overall image and reputation.
Dubai Imposes AED 500 Fine on Owners of Dirty Cars
The Director of Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department Abdul Majeed Abdul Aziz Al Saifaie shared that after authorities identify a vehicle that does not meet municipality requirements on cleanliness, a violation notice will be issued in the form of a warning sticker on the vehicle, as shared in a report by Gulf News.
Once tagged by authorities, the owner or driver of the vehicle will have 15 days to clean the vehicle. Otherwise, it will be confiscated and towed to the scrap yard. And if the driver or owner of the vehicle fails to settle the fines applied, the vehicle will be put up for auction by the department, according to Al Saifaie.
To qualify what is considered ‘dirty,’ Al Saifaie explained that the warning does not apply to vehicles with light dirt around the tyres and some sand or dust on its body.
Below is a post on Twitter shared by the Dubai Municipality:
إن إيقاف مركبتك بشكل مهمل لمدة طويلة وهي غير نظيفة يؤثر على نظافة المدينة ويعرضك لغرامة مالية قدرها 500 درهم.
Stopping the unclean vehicle for a long time, will cost you a fine of 500 AED pic.twitter.com/t16MZIlxIy
— بلدية دبي (@DMunicipality) September 29, 2018
Authorities are looking for unwashed vehicles that have not been attended to for several months at least, with the colour of the vehicle already being questionable.
Residents who park their vehicles in public parking areas should keep the warning in mind, in order to avoid being slapped with a AED 500 fine by authorities for such an offence.
Owning a car is a luxury which some people cannot afford, but when you do, it’s important that you are responsible enough to clean and maintain it properly — to take care of it as you would (care) for your other valuables.