A disabled man criticised parking authorities after he was fined Dh150 in error, and then asked to make a three-hour round trip to try to have the penalty waived.
Robert Beale, who lives in Abu Dhabi, said his ordeal was absurd and called on Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to cancel his fine.
Businessman Mr Beale, 50, was issued with a disabled parking permit after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago.
But after being told it allowed him to park in disabled bays and normal parking spaces across the country free of charge, he was given a ticket in Dubai.
“I displayed my badge correctly but when I came back out to the car after two hours I had a Dh150 ticket,” said Mr Beale, who is from the UK.
“I was told in Abu Dhabi that I could use my permit in any of the emirates. Simple things like this are really frustrating. It’s not about being disabled because that doesn’t define who I am.
“It’s about the absurdity of the process.”
Mr Beale had driven the hour and a half to Dubai from his home in Abu Dhabi last month to attend a business meeting.
After finding the disabled bays in the area full, he parked in a normal parking space – something authorities had told him he was allowed to do. But when he returned to the car, he found he had been given a ticket.
In a subsequent phone call to the RTA he was told that Abu Dhabi-issued disabled permits were not valid in Dubai.
But a spokeswoman for the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi its permits were valid across all of the emirates.