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In Dubai, everybody is asking the BIG question......

Old Mar 30th 2011, 12:59 pm
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Default In Dubai, everybody is asking the BIG question......

........ what has happened to the parking meters?

It can't be coincidence - today I found my FIFTH meter in succession (over the course of the last 2-3 days) which was 'out of order' (or at least the coins just drop straight through and come out again at the bottom).

Can't be just me... can it?

For a moment I was stupidly thinking the RTA had programmed them not to accept coins so that they can issue more penalty notices to motorists, but then I realised that would be dishonest, so that can't be the reason.
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Old Mar 30th 2011, 1:48 pm
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........ what has happened to the parking meters?

It can't be coincidence - today I found my FIFTH meter in succession (over the course of the last 2-3 days) which was 'out of order' (or at least the coins just drop straight through and come out again at the bottom).

Can't be just me... can it?

For a moment I was stupidly thinking the RTA had programmed them not to accept coins so that they can issue more penalty notices to motorists, but then I realised that would be dishonest, so that can't be the reason.
Just get yourself a Nol card.
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Old Mar 30th 2011, 2:29 pm
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Just get yourself a Nol card.
I've got one.................. I can use it for parking?????????
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Default Re: In Dubai, everybody is asking the BIG question......

[QUOTE=The Dean;9274115]........ what has happened to the parking meters?

It can't be coincidence - today I found my FIFTH meter in succession (over the course of the last 2-3 days) which was 'out of order' (or at least the coins just drop straight through and come out again at the bottom).

Can't be just me... can it?



Been p'd off with coins dropping thru for some time now. Maybe the coin weight/size is inconsistent, or the machines need maintenance and perhaps they have sacked most of their staff to save money??!!!
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........ what has happened to the parking meters?

It can't be coincidence - today I found my FIFTH meter in succession (over the course of the last 2-3 days) which was 'out of order' (or at least the coins just drop straight through and come out again at the bottom).

Can't be just me... can it?



Been p'd off with coins dropping thru for some time now. Maybe the coin weight/size is inconsistent, or the machines need maintenance and perhaps they have sacked most of their staff to save money??!!!
Maybe it's the first rumblings of the revolution
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I've got one.................. I can use it for parking?????????
Try inserting it in the card slot and follow the instructions.
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Try inserting it in the card slot and follow the instructions.
There's a card slot????????????
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There's a card slot????????????
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use your mobile - then you get a handy reminder when it's about to expire
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use your mobile - then you get a handy reminder when it's about to expire
There's a mobile slot?????????
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Default Re: In Dubai, everybody is asking the BIG question......

My 'local' friend works at the RTA - basically, they can't be *rsed to collect the coins from the machines and want people to use nol or mparking. Also, they're turning themselves in to an almost 100% Emirati organisation, which means the job of collecting coins would be beneath them!
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My 'local' friend works at the RTA - basically, they can't be *rsed to collect the coins from the machines and want people to use nol or mparking. Also, they're turning themselves in to an almost 100% Emirati organisation, which means the job of collecting coins would be beneath them!
But the job of issuing parking tickets is not? As for using your mobile, I believe they charge for the service. It soon adds up, especially if you are a regular parker like myself.
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But the job of issuing parking tickets is not? As for using your mobile, I believe they charge for the service. It soon adds up, especially if you are a regular parker like myself.
Am also a regular parker - bought an annual card from the RTA - much better value for money
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use your mobile - then you get a handy reminder when it's about to expire
That doesn't always work - I think it's limited to four hours then you have run out with coins or buy one of those pre-paid cards.

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Default Re: In Dubai, everybody is asking the BIG question......

That doesn't always work - I think it's limited to four hours then you have run out with coins or buy one of those pre-paid cards.

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depends on the location, some are limited to 4 others you can keep extending

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