No parking fee for electric vehicles; Dubai RTA unveils new initiative

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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In another effort to promote the use of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the emirate, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun offering public parking fee waivers to all Dubai-registered EVs for two years. 

The initiative which began from 1st July 2020 is a move that supports the emirate’s Green Mobility Strategy by advocating the use of electric vehicles in the region.

Maitha Bin Adai
Maitha Bin Adai,
CEO – Traffic and Roads Agency

“This initiative complements a previous initiative launched in 2018 designating parking slots in various parts of Dubai to electric vehicles exclusively. It contributes to improving the air quality, curbing carbon emissions and enhancing sustainability besides encouraging the public to own this type of vehicle. Some 1,803 electric vehicles licensed in Dubai will benefit from this initiative. However, this exemption does not apply to any electric vehicle licensed in other Emirates or not registered in Dubai.”

She further added that “Targeted vehicles can be automatically detected. Upon entering the number plate of the vehicle, the parking inspector will verify if the vehicle is electric or otherwise, and accordingly subject to parking fees or exempted, thanks to the online link between RTA’s parking and licensing systems. The exemption started on 1st July 2020. Motorists have to comply with all public parking regulations and avoid misusing parking slots reserved or designated for specific categories.”

RTA’s CEO for the Traffic and Roads Agency observed that electric vehicles do not have to approach the authority to avail this benefit as smart systems placed at public parking spaces will recognize the vehicle with the registration number and the vehicle will be automatically exempted from parking fees.