Abandoned Cars a Growing Problem in Qatar
In recent years, Qatar has been hit hard by a growing trend of abandoned vehicles littering city streets, according to a report on BoldRide.com. Vehicles that have been abandoned range from run-of-the-mill clunkers to ultra-rare Jaguar XJ220s.
According to Qatar’s The Peninsula, there are a few reasons behind the phenomenon, including the country’s steady population increase, huge traffic violation charges, a default on credit payments, or fees attributed with proper disposal of used cars.
Mohammad Saad Al Kharji, director of the country’s traffic department, noted that five years ago, only 18,000 vehicles were registered per year in Qatar. Today, the department registers around 100,000 vehicles, according to BoldRide.com.
In an effort to combat the growing number of deserted autos, the country’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning created a website for residents to file complaints about the eyesores dotting their streets, according to BoldRide.com.