Sharjah: Transport companies, whose vehicles pass through Sharjah, are worried about the cost effects of the new toll system. The Department of Public Works will implement a toll on trucks as of May 1.

"Anything extra we have to pay for is a burden on us. If we have to pay for the new toll system the company will lose more money," said Rashid Saleh, manager, Miraj Transport.

Salah Al Agha, General Manager, Al Wahda Group, said that he was not certain how the toll would affect his company without knowing the cost of toll. "If the charge is between Dh5 to Dh10 then it will not affect us too much. But if it is more than Dh100, then it will be too much for us."

"We are not getting much work and our expenses are rising. The toll will only be a burden to our costs," said Mohammad Ishfaq, Manager, Maqbool Trading.

"They will have to find other routes," Keith Holdsworth, manager logistics at Dutco Group, said.

Naved, a truck driver said, "I haven't heard of it, it might affect us."

Unawareness was pretty much unanimous among some companies in Sharjah and Dubai .

Aramex hasn't been informed of the toll. "It's too early to make any further comments at this stage as the mechanics of the new toll regulation for trucks is still under discussion by the authority," says Hussain Hachem, CEO Aramex Middle East And Africa.

— With inputs from Nicole Walter, Senior Reporter