Plan to reduce toll fee after 1am

DUBAI — Engineer Badr Al Siri, Director of the Traffic Department at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has said the authority has plans to reduce the traffic toll amount from Dh4 to half the fee after 1am.


Asma Ali Zain

Published: Wed 2 May 2007, 8:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:19 AM

Speaking on the sidelines of the Salik workshop held at Shangri La Hotel on Sunday, Eng Al Siri said, ‘Until a decision has been taken, the amount will remain the same (Dh4 on each crossing) for each entry point (Shaikh Zayed Road and Garhoud Bridge) for 24 hours.’

He explained that a study was being carried out to reduce the tariff at night only.

‘We want to put an end to congestion on Shaikh Zayed Road and this is the reason why the toll system has been introduced,’ he added.

The toll system will be implemented in Dubai from July this year while the pre-paid sticker tags worth Dh100, topped up with a minimum of Dh50, will be available in the market from this month. The tariff will automatically be deducted when a car with the sticker passes under the electronic gates. The stickers have no expiry dates and are damaged if removed. SMS alerts will inform users if the balance is low in the cards.

For tourists entering the country through different points, giant screens placed at the entry points will guide them on buying the Salik sticker tags that are available from petrol stations and shopping malls. Initially, the electronic gates, on which the work has already started, will be installed on Al Garhoud Bridge (both sides) and after the fourth interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road (near Mall of the Emirates).

However, motorists who do not wish to use the system will have alternative routes to use after the RTA completes other projects by the end of this year.

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