RTA to abolish daily Salik cap from July 15

Motorists will soon be charged for every trip they make through a toll gate

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Dubai: The daily Salik cap of Dh24 or six trips, which has been in place since the introduction of the toll system in Dubai in 2007, will be abolished with effect from July 15, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday.

The decision means motorists who use Salik more than six times per day, will be charged for all their trips, unlike now.

Currently, motorists are charged for only six Salik trips per day irrespective of how many more trips they make. Now a motorist will charged every time he passes through a Salik gate without any limit.

The Salik toll system was first introduce with two gates – Al Garhoud and Al Barsha – in 2007, with additions on Al Maktoum Bridge and Al Safa in 2008, while two more gates were added at Al Mamzar and Airport Tunnel in April this year.

Coming close on the heels of launching two additional Salik gates in April – Al Mamzar and Airport Tunnel - the decision is likely to impact thousands of motorists who regularly use Salik to avoid traffic congestion on other roads.

However, an RTA official insists the decision impacts only a handful of motorists and around 95 per cent of motorists don’t use the maximum Salik limit. But motorists think otherwise.

“It is a shocking decision. How can they say many people are not affected? The decision is likely to make life difficult for me as my job involves delivering couriers and it requires me passing through Salik several times. My company is paying the maximum daily amount of Dh24 and I am not sure they would like to pay more,” said a delivery boy who works with a leading logistics firm.

Every passage through a Salik toll gate costs Dh4.

A senior RTA official said that the discount on the twin trips on Barsha and Safa toll gates will not be changed. “The trips through Barshah and Safa toll gates will continue to be counted as one and the decision to remove the maximum cap on daily Salik charges won’t affect the discount,” said the official on condition of anonymity.

Motorists claim that with six toll gates in place across different areas in Dubai, there are more chances now of people making more than six trips per day and RTA is trying to exploit the situation.

“The RTA is not missing any opportunity to fleece people and make more money. If only five per cent of people took advantage of the cap then why bother, let them use it. I don’t understand how this decision will help improve traffic, it is absurd,” said, Mohammad Sabir, a manager of a passenger transport firm, which owns a big fleet of vehicles.

He added that each of his vehicles makes more than a dozen trips daily, picking up people from their residences and workplaces.

“Each one of us, from the drivers and passengers to the employers, will be affected. We have to decide to either use Salik and charge our customers more or not use Salik and make our customers suffer by taking congested alternative routes,” added Sabir.

Like Sabir, many more Dubai residents questioned the Authoirty’s intention in expanding the network of Salik.

With all Salik gates except Al Maktoum bridge charging toll even at night despite sparse movement of vehicles, along with the introduction of new Salik gates, people suspect that there is more to the network of Salik gates than just traffic management.

“With every passing day it is getting difficult to buy RTA’s ruse that Salik helps reduce traffic. It is obvious that they are trying to create more opportunities of making money,” said another resident, who did not wish to reveal his name.

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  • jeck

    Jul 1, 2013 6:20

    Thanks to Dubai municipality by fixing mamzar salik gates because ofthat shariah get good business people are not going to Dubai onweekends to the malls or for the dinner.

  • ahmed jaseem

    Jul 1, 2013 6:19

    If they are serious on reducing traffics than they should have a properplan. How this is going to reduce traffic? I don't know. If they are concerned,let them implement Toll only during peak hours and keep it free duringnormal hours, holidays etc. This system is followed by many major citiesin the World.

  • Ayesha

    Jul 1, 2013 3:52

    Dubai has spent billions on roads and infrastructure. We have big cleanhighways, flyovers, and bridges with landscaping and trees that are justbeautiful. For a country that doesnt have tax, i would gladly pay thefew dirhams to support the RTA in keeping Dubai as beautiful as it is.

  • Roma

    Jul 1, 2013 3:42

    Its Good, sales guys will use non-toll roads now...

  • shameer

    Jul 1, 2013 2:00

    why is it that we were charged during weekends and holidays which has noTraffic at all........??

  • basty

    Jul 1, 2013 12:54

    If salik reduces traffic, why is it that we were charged duringweekends and holidays which has no Traffic at all??

  • RAZAUL

    Jul 1, 2013 12:33

    We are not surprised to hear this !!

  • Mohammad Shafique

    Jun 30, 2013 7:24

    If Transport Authority is serious to reduce the Traffic on UAE roads its easy and simple just issue the route permit to private vans and buses to pick up the passengers. When the peoples will get easily vans and buses in front of their doors with reasonable fare. Every one will prefer to use this service instead of own car.

  • mina

    Jun 30, 2013 5:07

    u can check el mamzer gate every day and u will see the traffic so isthis a way to reduce the jam ...?

  • Amjad Khan

    Jun 30, 2013 5:00

    Like some of the comments from my friends here, I don't understand howthis would reduce the traffic?

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Thanks to Dubai municipality by fixing mamzar salik gates because ofthat shariah get good business people are not going to Dubai onweekends to the malls or for the dinner.

jeck

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