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Dubai may ban poor people from car ownership to ease traffic problems

Posted on February 14th, 2014 at 10:43 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Hussain Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, reportedly suggested during a recent business forum in Germany that the emirate could impose motoring restrictions based on income. According to emirates-focused newspaper The National, “a salary limit scheme that would restrict car ownership to those earning above a certain monthly income” is among the options on the table. Lootah blames Dubai’s rapid rise in wealth for clogging the emirate’s roads with cars and dramatically increasing rush-hour traffic. “Everybody has their luxury life, but the capacity of our roads cannot take all of these cars without ownership laws,” he said in a speech.

In the UK they call it a ‘congestion charge’.

  1. Can’t have the teeming masses clogging the roads keeping the idle rich from their appointed hairdos and whatnot.

  2. A rich person called Lootah? Surely you jest?

  3. Catch of the Day, Sue. 🙂

  4. No, he really is called Lootah, and stop calling me Shirley!

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