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.
“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.