New regulations set to come into play from January 1 – reports
Passengers traveling in Dubai taxis will have to pay the AED4 (US$1.1) fee to pass through Salik from January 1, Gulf News reported, citing unnamed sources at the Road & Transport Authority (RTA).
The toll was originally applicable to taxis, but was scrapped in December 2008 after continued complaints.
Taxi operators have been asked to upgrade their meters to introduce a new system called D8, which will automatically charge passengers the toll, said the newspaper.
“Previously most complaints were from tourists, because cab drivers had to manually add the AED4 toll on the fare and this made tourists think they were being cheated. This time, the meters will automatically add the toll,” an official at the RTA told the newspaper.
Salik gates were launched in July 2007 under a plan to cut down congestion on Dubai’s roads,
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.