Dubai confirms Salik charges plan for taxis

Roads and Transport Authority says new charges aim to push more commuters to Dubai Metro

Dubai's transport authority confirmed on Wednesday it is planning to reapply Salik charges to all taxis from the middle of January 2013.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement that the move was aimed at encouraging more people to use the Dubai Metro system.

It added that the Salik charges would be reintroduced gradually as taxi meter systems will need to be upgraded so charges are added automatically without any intervention from the driver.

The AED4 ($1.10) toll was originally applicable to taxis, but was scrapped in December 2008 after continued complaints. Salik gates were launched in July 2007 under a plan to cut down congestion on Dubai’s roads,

Eisa Abdul-Rahman Al Dosari, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency, said: "The decision will be applied gradually as RTA staff will be working on upgrading taxi meter systems of a specific number of taxis on daily basis starting from the middle of next month".

The official said the procedure would "clearly contribute to easing the traffic flow by re-routing the vehicular movement" on a number of roads in the emirate.

"Most notably, it is set to ease the pressure on Sheikh Zayed Road, and encourage commuters to use the Dubai Metro in their daily travels," Al Dosari added.

Under the new system, taxi passengers will be given the option of using Salik gates by the driver, the statement said.

"The RTA will continue to develop innovative solutions capable of upgrading the business conduct of all RTA agencies and sectors, besides offering smooth, speedy and excellent services to the widest number of customers possible, spanning citizens, residents, visitors and tourists in keeping with the reputed profile of Dubai as a premier business hub in the region," added Al Dosari.

The cash raised has since become a key source of income for the RTA, which expects revenues from the toll to reach AED5bn by 2013.

Dubai relies on fees and taxes for around 77 percent of its budget revenue.

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Posted by: vicky

Now, these comments are indeed fine examples of bigoted mindset. Wonder how people managed to latch on to Kerala and take pleasure in bludgeoning it's credentials while the topic of discussion was all about toll. Says a lot about the swamp water infested thinking pattern rather than the objective facts. By the way, I am not from Kerala? just amused by the dynamics of the human mind.

Posted by: Steven

Dear all, I was merely putting the record straight on my 'untraveled character'.
The main crux was that a reader commented on the standard of driving, and that was my answer. Having lived here for approx 20 years, I do fully understand and experience this every day.
However out of all the comments, and again somebody assumes that I have NOT been to Kerala, nobody did answer the question on how many multi-lane highways there are in Kerala?
But never mind, we must return to the subject of the SALIK 'highway robbery'.
So I will make another 'sweeping' statement - Dubai needs the money - full stop, that's all it's down to.

Posted by: biju

tax free country earning "The cash raised has since become a key source of income for the RTA, which expects revenues from the toll to reach AED5bn by 2013".

Posted by: Hisham

Fair enough if they use the revenue to train taxi drivers how to drive... I don't know how they select their drivers, but I've only seen worse driving in third world countries that have no roads at all.

Posted by: CBG

@ Steven, yes Rahim yar Khan, Karachi and Lahore are fine examples of cities with excellent multi-road carriage ways, which can't even be compared to dirt laden back roads of swamp water infested kerala, which for some strange reason attacts tourists in the thousands!!!

Posted by: Vix

Steven, regardless of the travel data base, you still seem to be making a sweeping statements about a place you haven't been to. And you are asking the person to confirm if your assumptions are true!. The moment I read your first post, it sounded off the mark and out of context. Your second post reeks of over confidence while making an attempt to state facts. I wonder how one gets to single out a specific entity while discussing the article on toll. I thought travel broadens one?s mind... maybe it needs more than just the physical travel.

Posted by: Steven

Dear Paratha, I think it is you who is making sweeping statements. To accuse me of being 'untraveled is nothing short of ludicrous. Last week I was in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Boaxing and Yonfu. Before that I was in Lahore, Rahim Yar Khan and Karachi and in the middle of November I was in Mahe. Have you even heard of half of these places? Let alone traveled (or DRIVEN) in any of them!
So returning to my statement, oh wise one, how many Multi-Lane highways do you have in Kerala. that is what I said and you did not answer! I rest my case.

Posted by: Paratha

Sorry Steven, but I think it's bigoted and untraveled people like yourself who have your 'brains in neutral'. Go visit a place before you pass judgement on it's roads, and stop making impolite sweeping generalizations about any community / country.

Posted by: John

Salik should only apply to UAE residents as it is they who use the roads! Taxis are there to reduce congestion. Why are people penalised for using Taxis? We have red routes in our Cities in the UK where taxis have priority including our bus lanes! Majority of users on Dubai taxis are tourists hence this does not make sense!

Posted by: Dubaiboy

Dubai is in short of money again!!

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