The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has launched a major campaign to remove abandoned vehicles from public places in Doha, in collaboration with the Doha Municipality and the MME Mechanical Equipment Department and Committee for Removing Abandoned Vehicles. The move aims to ensure health and hygiene in public areas and to keep the city clean and free from these unsightly cars.

Abandoned Vehicles committee
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The Ministry is urging citizens and residents to report abandoned vehicles through their call centre – 184, or through their website and mobile app. The public can also report directly to the Committee for Abandoned Vehicles at 3323 8885, from 6 am to 1 pm. 

Hundreds of abandoned vehicles were already removed from various areas when the campaign was launched earlier this year. The campaign will continue throughout the year.

So far, the committee has removed over 61,500 abandoned vehicles from different areas of the country. Of these, 43,202 vehicles were impounded in the Al Mashaf vehicle impound area and 18,312 in Mesaimeer. The committee had earlier conducted comprehensive campaigns in coordination and cooperation with each municipality independently, leading to the removal of 12,000 to 15,000 abandoned vehicles annually. Around 500 vehicles of the seized vehicles were given back to their owners after completing the necessary legal procedures and paying the stipulated fines and fees.

Monitoring teams also launched orientation events and distributed 5,000 awareness brochures aimed at educating owners of factories and operators of workshops in the Industrial Area to reduce possible municipal violations.  

According to a recent Tweet from MME, all concerned authorities will continue to coordinate to curb this phenomenon.

These reports were collated from news updates published by The Peninsula Qatar, Gulf Times and MME. 

Cover image by Baher Amin/The Peninsula