Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has created 70 free parking spaces in 40 parking zones across the city for “environment-friendly” vehicles.
The move comes as part of Dubai’s Green Mobility initiative aimed at encouraging the public to use less polluting vehicles.
“RTA is keen on spreading this initiative to high-density traffic areas and streets across Dubai with the aim of covering most paid parking zones in vital areas,” said Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.
“Locations included the Central Business Districts, Trade Center area, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Street and Sheikh Zayed Road.”
The spaces themselves are easily identifiable, with green-painted frames, signs showing the maximum allowed parking time (currently four hours) and the fine applicable for violations.
The RTA’s announcement doesn’t make clear which vehicles will be considered ‘eco-friendly’ and whether or not permits are required to use the spaces. However, if you’re driving an electric or hybrid car, there’s a decent chance you’ll be eligible for the spaces.