By Daniel Shane
Two new openings will take number of toll gates in the emirate up to six
Two new road toll gates will go live on Monday in Dubai, raising the cost of journeys in the emirate for both drivers and those who travel by taxi.
The first Salik gate, as the system is known, is located on the Al Mamzar Bridge on Al Ittihad Road between Dubai and neighbouring emirate Sharjah.
The second is on Beirut Road near Airport Tunnel, another busy commuting route between Dubai and Sharjah.
Every time a driver passes through a Salik gate, they are charged AED4 ($1.10), with the maximum daily fee set at AED24.
After Monday, the total number of functioning Salik gates in the emirate will be six. All toll fees in Dubai are administered the Roads and Transport Authority, which says they are intended to ease congestion on roads.
Until January this year, taxis were exempt from the charges.
Studies have proven that Salik has succeeded in slashing the trip time on the Sheikh Zayed Road by as much as 44 percent.
Other than Maktoum Bridge, all other SALIK gates should also not be operating 24 hours as it's obvious road traffic is generally lesser after 9.00pm on most highways. Wish that RTA will re-consider this?
Just a question : Are taxis also limited to AED 24 @ day max charge? If yes, then the system should NOT charge customers over & over again, unless selfish managers hide this little detail from the unsuspecting customers!! Or the drivers themselves pocket the Extra Salik charges beyond 6 trips of the Toll Booth. Things that make you go hmmmm....
This will help pay for the expensive (we have the biggest,most expensive,tallest , widest, most used, what ever) new police cars,why do you need these excessives, pay your bills first. or buy more general type police cars.
Thats a very good observation, where taxi's commute across the city crossing several salik gates. Hope the taxi traveller gets a respite to the already hiked base fare both in Dubai and when they cross over to Sharjah. It will be good if the RTA or the taxi companies clarify this stand.