The administration, on Saturday, began the disposal of old, out-of-service, vehicles that have been left on the streets of Malé. The work is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Maldives Police Service, and the Malé City Council.

After launching the programme at the Malé Industrial Village area, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Mohamed Amin noted that roads had been congested for years and that the newly launched programme will provide some relief.

“Vehicles are parked in a way that is inconvenient to the people without following rules,” Amin said.

At the inauguration, Commissioner of Police Ali Shujau said that many vehicles are parked illegally for several days and he will soon announce action to be taken against such vehicles.

“I also ask the people to remove their old vehicles. I don’t want any citizen to be inconvenienced by the actions taken by the police,” he said.

Mayor Adam Azim said he is preparing to take measures against the increase in vehicles in the city.

“Some households have 200 cars registered. We are talking about 1,000 square feet of land,” Azim said.

The first phase of the programme, which is scheduled to continue until 3 March, will remove old vehicles parked on the streets. Requests to remove a vehicle at their owner’s request will be addressed further along in the programme.