Muscat Municipality has found that several vehicles were found abandoned in various parts of the city, including 211 vehicles in Al Seeb and 550 vehicles in Muttrah, during the period between January and August this year.
As per the statistics, 50 abandoned vehicles were removed in Bausher, 98 in Qurayat, 18 in various public places, and 236 in Al Amerat.
The municipality has been organising field visits on the lookout for vehicles that have been abandoned for long periods. Several dusty vehicles are seen parked all over the city with clear signs that they have not been attended to for months.
“When these cars are left abandoned for long periods, they become a haven for insects and rodents while waste accumulates on them. The vehicles can be also used by antisocial elements making posing social and security risks to society. Vehicles parked in the sun for a longer period are also vulnerable to fire risks,” a statement said.
As per Municipal Resolution 171/2018, the field team removes abandoned vehicles, which are either noticed by supervisors or following a complaint from local citizens and residents.
As per the following procedure, a warning sticker is placed on the vehicle for 14 days, and the vehicle owner must transport the vehicle during that period. Otherwise, the vehicle is impounded for 90 days, and placed in a public auction.
Article (5) of the resolution imposes an administrative fine of RO200 (buses and cars) - after seizing the abandoned vehicle - on its owner when he visits the municipality.
A fine of RO400 on trucks and buses designed to transport more than 15 passengers, locomotives, trailers, tractors, and equipment, while RO1,000 will be imposed on vehicles intended for transporting dangerous materials.