The Committee for Impounding Abandoned Vehicles at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has impounded 61,524 abandoned vehicles from all over the country since 2013 under its campaign to protect health and environment.
The impounded vehicles were taken to tow yards in Al Wakra and Abu Hamour. The Committee impounded 43,202 abandoned vehicles to Al Mashaf Tow Yard and 18,312 abandoned vehicles to Mesaimeer (Abu Hamour) Tow Yard. A total of 25,748 abandoned vehicles are still waiting for their owners in Al Mashaf Tow Yard and 8,205 abandoned vehicles in Mesaimeer (Abu Hamour) Tow Yard.
The Committee waged major campaigns in coordination with all municipalities to impound the abandoned vehicles to Tow Yard.
About 12,000 to 15,000 abandoned vehicles are impounded every year, while about 500 abandoned vehicles are being claimed by their owners every month after paying the fine QR1,000 per vehicle.
The owners of impounded vehicles are also being charged QR500 as towing charge for light vehicles, QR800 for heavy vehicles and QR2,000 for heavy machinery and equipment.
According to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, a new tow yard with the capacity of 25,000 to 30,000 abandoned vehicles will open soon in Al Mazrouh, Umm Salal Municipality. Al Mazrouh Tow Yard is ready to join the two existing two yards in Al Mashaf at Al Wakra and Misaimeer at Abu Hamour.
Marzouq Al Misifi, Assistant Director of Mechanical Equipment Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, a member of the Committee, said that monitoring sections of the municipalities remove vehicles after receiving the requests for impounding the vehicles.
He said that Mechanical Equipment Department is assigned to impound the abandoned vehicles after necessary legal procedures.
“The Committee for Impounding Abandoned Vehicles in coordination with the Ministry of Awaqaf and Islamic Affairs towed abandoned vehicles from the parking of mosques,” said Al Misifi.
He said that the Committee also impounded many abandoned vehicles from the parking of major commercial outlets and compounds of the companies and residential areas.
“As per the law, the owners of impounded vehicles are being given three months for reclaim from Tow Yard after that a letter was sent to the Traffic Department seeking to remove number plate to conduct auction for such vehicles,” said Al Misifi.
He said that that the Public Hygiene Law is being implemented on every abandoned vehicle if it appears to be deserted and is covered by heavy dust.