Parking by text initiative extended to du customers

Text messages initiative to help motorists pay to park in Dubai rolled out to second operator.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  August 30, 2009

A system for motorists to pay to park through mobile phone text messages has been extended to all phone users in the UAE, it was reported on Sunday.

The initiative, which was launched by Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Etisalat in May has now been expanded to include telecom rival du, UAE daily Khaleej Times reported.

Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The service will facilitate the use of public parking for residents and visitors of the emirate, save time and effort, and avoid the inconvenience of searching for coins or following-up the renewal of parking ticket.”

There is no difference in the procedure between the two providers, the paper reported.

Vehicles registered in Dubai do not need prior registration for the service.

To use the service, the customer has to send a text message containing the car plate number, followed by a space, the code of the parking zone (shown in signage at the parking zone), a space, and the period of using the parking.

The message needs to be sent to 7275 (PARK), which is approved by the RTA for all telecommunication service providers in the UAE.

The mParking service is available where signposted, including Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and all controlled parking zones in Bur Dubai, the paper reported.

Currently, work is in progress for extension of coverage to controlled parking zones in Deira.

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