Dubai set to scrap AED24 Salik daily cap

Decision aims to encourage motorists to use alternative roads, says transport authority

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The daily cap on Salik charges will be scrapped from July 15, the Roads and Transport Authority announced on Sunday.

The decision was designed to encourage motorists to use alternative roads, such as Al Khail Road and Mohammed bin Zayed Road, to ease traffic congestion, the RTA said in a statement.

The maximum total that could be accrued in one day is AED24, the equivalent of passing a Salik toll gate six times.

The government said the change would affect only 5 percent of Salik users.

“The RTA stressed that the decision would only affect a tiny segment of toll gate users and the ordinary user of these gates would not feel an effect for this decision since 95 per cent of private vehicles do not pass under Salik gates more than 6 times a day,” the statement said.

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Posted by: Kaz

Lets get this into perspective folks - it's approx. 35aed to cross the Severn Bridge over to wales - 1 way. On top of this we have to pay road tax. On driving to my holiday in Italy it cost me 200 pounds around 1,200 aed in tolls!! This is nothing!!!

Posted by: gvk

i disagree with those who talk against salik,let them drive in other parts of the world and then comment.

Posted by: John

Dont forget that the average worker (I am talking about car owners, not laborers) in the Gulf earns much more than what people in the UK do.

Posted by: tony

And how much did you pay to go to school in the UK? What if you loose your job in the UK? Does the govt. help you?

Posted by: Saeed

Two simple options, the first is to use the public transport and the second is to pack your luggage and leave and spare us your never ending whining. I suggest the second, what say you???

Posted by: Mazen

Saeed, you are right! Let them leave as there are hundreds, if not thousands, waiting to take the place of every expat in the GCC.

They won't leave though because they will be on welfare in their home countries...

Posted by: Syddy

I agree with Saeed, the easiest is to pack your bags and leave. I did it and I am happy and I am free.

Posted by: Sue

Maybe most of you don't travel much, but countries with taxes also have road tolls.....

Posted by: Peter

Why this uproar over Salik? We know Dubai needs funds to pay off its debts. Yes, we don't pay taxes yet do pay a large number of 'fees' for various services, but these are in direct proportion to our usage of those services. Salik is a toll fee for the great roads we use. Toll is the right word and it is called so on so many of the Salik billboards around town. If we were to call Salik a 'tax' as many suggest, would it make any difference and will we feel better about paying it? I doubt it. So let's stop moaning about semantics and move on. At least consumers are offered a choice to use alternative 'free' routes as well as the Dubai metro option.

Posted by: Henry

Dubai is in their right to increase the indirect taxes as much as they want and I think it is a good way to increase their income.
Maybe some of the money will be used for making bicycle paths in the town!
As long as buisiness is still growing Dubai can increase the indirect taxes without feeling any negative impact. If later the growth will slow down Dubai have some tools to work with.

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