On August 6 I parked my car in front of the Red Tag building, in Salmaniya, near the traffic signal where Shaikh Hamad Avenue has recently been made a one-way street.
A violation notice was issued at 1am, but there were no signs stating it was a no-parking zone.
My surprise was that, even if there was paid parking on the street, after 7pm parking is free.
Why was I therefore issued a parking offence at 1am?
People have regularly parked in that place for the last 20 years, to my knowledge.
A warning sign or any other notice should have been issued before a fine, so members of the public are aware.
People who parked their cars on the opposite side did not get any traffic fines.
The fine was only for vehicles parked in a lane where traffic was blocked.
My vehicle did not hinder traffic movement, especially at 1am – when there would have been barely any traffic at all.
Yet I did not get any fine the next day when I parked there.
Even now people are parking there.
I urge authorities to implement a single rule for parking offences, or open an office where people can protest their innocence.
Last month I parked my car on the footpath outside the building and got fined at midnight.
Again, people park there regularly.
We need advice so we can avoid parking in the wrong place, as well as save our hard-earned money.
I have included a photo of the car in the place where it was ticketed, but this time no fines were applied to cars on the footpath. It makes me wonder how such offences are assessed.