Plan to impose road toll draws mixed response

DUBAI — Approval of a road toll by the Dubai Municipality has received a mixed response by motorists braving the traffic problems on the congested roads in the emirate.

By Asma Ali Zain And Zein Basravi

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Published: Wed 15 Dec 2004, 11:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

Though, at the moment, the amount to be charged has not been fixed, it will be decided as soon as the project nears implementation. Khaleej Times spoke to a cross-section of people regarding the implementation of the tax.

Teresa Nicklin, a British national residing in Dubai: I really think the introduction of such a toll is a good idea because the traffic is getting worse.

I say give it a try and see how things go. They definitely need more public transport. If the authorities could get an underground system, that would be great.

Mohammed Hassan, a Pakistani taxi driver: Everybody wants to go fast; but if you have to pay for going fast, it’s too much for taxi drivers. If the company bears the expense, we’ll take the toll roads. It’s okay for rich people. But for taxi drivers, it’s hard to make a living anyway.

Pradeep Vasudev, an American national residing in Dubai: I am American and so I’m used to toll roads in some areas. If there’s an alternative, people take the alternative road so it makes it busy as well. Toll roads are fine if you see the benefit. It is important for money collected from the toll roads to be used exclusively to develop the road systems and not to subsidise it for something else.

Lynne Hamilton, a British national and a housewife residing in Dubai: I don’t think they should implement the toll on the roads. Everything costs us enough here now. It would also affect the people who are going for work and it would also cost them more. The solution to Dubai traffic woes lies in the development of a rail system, introduction of more buses and cheaper public transportation for people commuting to work.

Ismail Ali, a UAE national working in Jebel Ali: The road toll is a good idea as it will help ease the traffic problem to a great extent and help people who are in a hurry and need to rush on the roads because of an emergency. The government has taken the right step.

Jaffer Mohammed, an Indian national working for Dubai Civil Aviation and living in Sharjah: The introduction of the toll tax is a good decision as several people who roam on the roads for no particular reason will stop doing so after the introduction of the toll. People who genuinely need the roads will travel. The situation will definitely change.

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