Dubai: Plan links owning a car to monthly salary

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Image caption Should car ownership be only the preserve of Dubai's richer citizens?

A local official says there should be restrictions on owning a car in Dubai based on monthly salary and family size, it has been reported.

Director-General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah says there are too many cars on the Emirate's roads, and many of the city's traffic problems are caused by people commuting to work by car.

"It is cheap to get a car here and it is common for a household to have more than one," he told UAE-based newspaper The National. He also suggested the cost of car insurance and paid parking should go up.

Dubai is hosting a car-free day on 19 February, an initiative also aimed at encouraging people to use public transport to get to work, Gulf News reported. Citizens have the "thrilling" chance to win a bicycle if they participate in the car-free day, the Khaleej Times says.

Mr Lootah hopes some 7,000 people will leave their cars at home on Wednesday.

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Image caption Officials want to entice drivers off the roads and on to Dubai's public transport system

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