According to Sharjah City Municipality, parking is still an expense even if you are waiting in a car that is parked in a public space.
You still have to pay the parking fees for using the space even if you stopped to pick up lunch or leave anything off.
In accordance with a Thursday online posting by the municipal authority, drivers who wait in their cars will be penalised if they don’t pay or renew their parking tickets.
In Sharjah, failure to pay for public parking results in a Dh150 charge, and failing to renew a parking ticket after it has expired results in a Dh100 fine.
Parking fees in Sharjah
The Sharjah Municipality lists the following as the Emirate’s public parking fees:
One hour: Dh2
- Two hours: Dh5
- Three hours: Dh8
- Five hours: Dh12
How does one pay for parking in Sharjah?
You can pay for public parking in Sharjah in three ways:
- Electronic parking machines
- SMS Parking
- Digital Sharjah app
1. Electronic parking machines
If you wish to pay for parking using a parking machine, you must enter your vehicle’s licence plate number, select the ticket’s term, and then pay for parking.
The ticket will then be printed by the machine. The parking ticket must be visible on your vehicle’s dashboard. A Dh150 punishment is imposed if the ticket is not displayed.
2. SMS Parking
Send a message to 5566 with the following text:
<Plate source> <Plate number> <Number of hours>
This Emirate is where your car is registered, according to the licence plate. Depending on your Emirate, use one of the following codes:
- Abu Dhabi: AUH
- Dubai: DXB
- Sharjah: SHJ
- Ajman: AJM
- Umm Al Quwain: UAQ
- Ras Al Khaimah: RAK
- Fujairah: FUJ
3. Digital Sharjah App
The procedures below should be followed after you have downloaded the Digital Sharjah app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Open the app, then select “transport” from the list of available services on the home screen.
- Next, select the service labelled “Pay public parking fees.”
- Enter your cellphone number, licence plate number, and security code by tapping the “start” button.
- Next, choose the length of time and pay for parking online using your credit or debit card information.
When is parking free in Sharjah?
In Sharjah, public parking lots are designated by a signboard in yellow and dark blue, and parking is metered from Saturday through Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm. Fridays are free parking days.
In Sharjah, there are some locations with charged parking every day of the week. These locations will have a yellow sign that reads “Parking is Paid Throughout the Week in the Area, Including on Public Holidays” with a blue sign below it.
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