Abu Dhabi has started to upgrade its parking payment machines to a 5G smart system, with which the emirate will do away with paper tickets.
The Integrated Transport Center said the new machines will issue an e-ticket after paying the Mawaqif parking fees.
Motorists using the machines can pay for parking by following on-screen instructions, officials said.
Users select a parking category, provide vehicle details and parking duration, and choose a payment method — Mawaqif card, cash or credit or debit card.
More than 1,200 devices will be upgraded with 5G technology and the entire process will be completed before the end of the year, ITC said.
ITC said the move away from paper parking tickets is part of its efforts to support the digital transformation of its services and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle in the emirate.
In April, the ITC announced that motorists in Abu Dhabi will be able to pay parking fees through the Darb app.
Drivers can top up their account in the app and choose the class of the vehicle and parking space – standard or premium – and the number of hours. Standard parking is Dh2 ($0.5) per hour.
The Darb application can also be used to pay at Abu Dhabi customs gates.
Parking in Abu Dhabi can also be paid by SMS.
Drivers should text 3009 the vehicle’s city code and license plate class followed by a space, registration number followed by a space, S or P (standard or premium) followed by a space and duration in hours.
The city codes are AUH for Abu Dhabi, DXB for Dubai, SHJ for Sharjah, AJM for Ajman, UAQ for Umm Al Quwain, RAK for Ras Al Khaimah and FUJ for Fujairah.
Updated: 03.10.2022 at 12:55