Qatar confiscates more than 9,300 abandoned vehicles

Dubai: Over 9,300 abandoned vehicles have been confiscated in Qatar since January this year, local media reported.

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The move comes as part of a nationwide campaign launched early this year to remove abandoned vehicles with authorities concerned reaching the Al Sheehaniya Municipality yesterday, the campaign’s final destination.

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Speaking on the occasion yesterday, Assistant Director of MME’s Mechanical Equipment Department, Marzouq Al Mesaifiri said the campaign will be relaunched next year with new strategies after assessment of 2020 campaigns.

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Head of Monitoring Section of Al Sheehaniya Municipality, Ali Mohamad Al Hammadi, said that over 150 abandoned vehicles had been marked to be picked up from various places across the Municipality.

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Deputy Director of the Cleanliness Department, and a member of the Joint Committee, Mohamad Faraj Al Kubaisi, said the campaign in Al Sheehaniya Municipality will last a week.

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He said the committee has intensified inspection efforts, urging owners to not abandon their vehicles at public places, and residential and industrial areas. Personnel from the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) are also taking part in the campaign.

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Since its establishment in 2013, the Joint Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, has removed over 81,000 abandoned vehicles from all over the country. About 44,000 vehicles were disposed of during this period.

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