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RTA moves to pre-empt traffic fines by visitors

Agency plans to distribute prepaid parking cards, Salik tags to motorists from GCC countries

  • By Noor Nazzal, Special to gulf News
  • Published: 21:30 November 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • RTA will distribute pre-paid Salik cards to incoming motorists.

Dubai: Prepaid parking cards and Salik cards will be made available to UAE visitors at border posts to avoid potential traffic offences.

The initiative has been taken by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in a bid to avoid losing million of dirhams in fines each year to motorists who come from neighbouring countries and leave the UAE without paying their traffic fines.

The RTA has signed a partnership agreement with Al Buhaira National Insurance Company for distribution of prepaid parking cards, Salik tags and Salik account top-up cards at its outlets in various land border posts in the UAE.

The agreement was made to stop the UAE from losing millions of dirhams in fines each year as thousands of motorists entering the UAE from neighbouring GCC countries violate traffic rules and leave the country without paying fines.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the RTA by Eng Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at the RTA, and Mohammad Ahmad Khalaf, executive director of the vehicles department, Al Buhaira Insurance Company.

Objectives

“Among the objectives of the agreement is to increase the number of selling points available for customers interested in buying parking and Salik cards — a policy that stems from a strategy of the RTA that revolves around offering handy services to users of RTA products under a drive themed ‘Customers First’. The RTA will spare no effort in identifying the needs and expectations of clients, be it visitors or residents in Dubai; which is clearly evident in the agreements frequently made with different stakeholders with a view to saving time and effort of customers in availing the required services,” Maitha said.

Khalaf praised the partnership with the RTA. “This agreement illustrates the RTA’s attention in attaining the satisfaction of its customers through offering them hassle-free services. Such services will now be on offer through our offices in the land border posts of the UAE. This step on the part of the RTA is bound to boost cooperation between government entities and the private sector.”

— The writer is an intern at Gulf News.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 17:31 November 19, 2012

    I don't like salik. There are better ways to control traffic.

    Siddiq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:22 November 19, 2012

    I think people cannot visit a country and have knowledge of rules and regulations. In my opinion if there is any unpaid Salik or other fines by a motorist, those should be recovered at the border of our country when the vehicle is leaving. And to achieve that, our system should be efficient enough to have swift update on fines or penalties. In the case of Salik there should be no fines over them as they are only visiting and the sum of salik used should be collected.

    Umaiz Memon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:57 November 19, 2012

    I live in Abu Dhabi and find the SALIK system far to complicated. If it were made easier to understand visitors would be willing to use it. A flat rate visitor fee of say Dh100 per week to cover both SALIK and parking would probably work wonders.

    John Tyrer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:53 November 19, 2012

    RTA should build seperate lane for those who wish to use the toll road without salik tag. RTA can collect toll fee manually in this lane.

    Mohammad Moin Al Deen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:40 November 19, 2012

    love Dubai, but still I don't understand from the first place why we have toll gates in inside same city. this cost us a lot.

    Maliha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:05 November 19, 2012

    How is this move different from the current process of obtaining a SALIK tag? The current SALIK tag is also initially prepaid with Dh50 credit, so it would be just the same thing. The challenge lies in persuading the visitors to buy this SALIK tag. I would think making mandatory for all visitors to the country to display a SALIK tag would fix this issue, though there might be a huge protest from visitors to other emirates who would not be passing through Dubai SALIK gates.

    Suhail Falak, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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