Qatar operator: Free parking in first half hour not for everyone
In response to confusion about paid parking rules in Qatar, a major operator has explained that a half-hour grace period only applies to motorists who cannot find a vacant space.
The clarification comes following a government directive announced in April this year that sought to regulate maximum fees at parking lots around town.
According to this, drivers should not be charged if they cannot find a spot within the first 30 minutes of entering a lot.
The rule, which came into force last month, was initially understood by some operators and drivers to mean that the first 30 minutes of parking should be free.
However, this has since changed and some motorists have reported being charged after parking in malls and commercial complexes even for a few minutes.