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SMS-parking system launched in Sharjah

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SMS-parking system launched in Sharjah

Motorists can pay for parking by sending a text message to 5566

    • Staff Report
    • Published: 21:00 January 7, 2014
    • Gulf News
  • Sharjah: Sharjah Municipality has announced the launch of an SMS parking system that gives motorists the option of paying for parking their vehicles by sending a text message to 5566.

The SMS-parking system which was launched on Tuesday, will be available in both English and Arabic and will apply to all Sharjah paid parking areas.

Riyadh Abdullah Aylan, Director-General of Sharjah Municipality, said the service aims to make more payment options available for residents in the emirate.

To make the payment using the new service, motorists need to send their plate number followed by place of issue to 5566. They will then receive a confirmation message showing the validity period of the ticket and another reminder message 10 minutes before the expiry time of the ticket. To extend the validity period of the ticket, motorists can send the letter ‘N’ to the same number.

 The service does not require motorists to register their vehicles as long as they carry a UAE plate number.

Users of both telecom providers etisalat and du will be able to use the new service.

Now a taxi is just an app away

Now a taxi is just an app away

Staff Report
Published: Oct 23, 2013, 9:07 PM
Abu Dhabi: A mobile app – Easy Taxi – that eases a taxi ride was launched at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

The app – available for iOS, Android and the new BlackBerry devices – can confirm the pick-up point after a cab is ordered with the press of a button. The customer will receive confirmation of the name, photo and car model/plate of the driver, and will be able to follow the vehicle’s location in real-time as it approaches the customer.

Rocket Internet and iMENA Holding, an online investor and operator, have come together to launch the app. The partnership will see iMENA investing $7 million in a new venture that will launch Easy Taxi across the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia.

Passengers can save favourite addresses as well as check ride history Since drivers are checked for compliance before joining the network, passengers do not need to worry about their safety and can simply enjoy their ride, according to the promoters.

Taxis to charge Salik from Tuesday

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Taxis to charge Salik from Tuesday

By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
Published: Jan 15, 2013 9:59 PM

Dubai: Taxis in Dubai will start charging a Dh4 toll from Tuesday when passing through Salik toll gates installed across four different locations in Dubai, a senior Roads and Transport (RTA) official told Gulf News.

Tolls for taxis are being reintroduced after a gap of four years, as the RTA upgrades meters that will automatically add toll charges to fares after passing through a Salik gate.

Taxis were allowed to pass through Salik gates without charge from December 2008 due to dozens of complaints by customers regarding the manual inclusion of tolls by taxi drivers that led to confusion and suspicion of cheating.

“We have now developed a system that will automatically include tolls when taxis pass through Salik gates. Earlier we had problems when taxi drivers were adding toll charges manually and there were a lot of complaints, which won’t be the case now,” said Adel Mohammad Shakeri, Director of the Transportation System Department, at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

The meters of all 8,000 taxis, including the franchise cabs, have been upgraded and will begin to charge tolls while passing through any of the four toll gates on Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Safa, Al Garhoud Bridge and Al Barsha.

“Customers will have an option to choose an alternative route and cabbies will have to ask them if they are willing to take a Salik route or an alternative route,” said Shakeri.

He added that taxis passing through two consecutive toll gates of Al Safa and Al Barsha within 30 minutes in a single trip will be charged only once, while all rides on Al Maktoum Bridge will be toll-free between 10pm and 6am.

“Our idea is to reduce traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road and drive them to alternative routes, if a customer doesn’t want to pay extra for the toll then he can choose an alternative route and we would like to encourage people using alternative routes,” he said.

However, neither cabbies nor customers are convinced that reintroducing the toll on taxis will solve the traffic problem.

“I think it’s absurd to think that reintroducing Salik will ease traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road, there only 8,000 taxis in Dubai which run across Dubai when compared to over a million vehicles in Dubai, how will a handful of taxis taken away from Shaikh Zayed Road reduce traffic,” said Nikita, a Dubai resident of Dubai.

Echoing her views a taxi driver said: “Many tourists would prefer to take Shaikh Zayed Road and won’t mind paying an additional Dh4 as a toll. I think even residents would prefer paying a toll rather taking an alternative route.”

Renew your driving licence online


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Renew your driving licence online

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief ReporterPublished: April 26, 2009, 23:10

Dubai: Motorists in Dubai can now renew their driving licences online, Gulf News has learnt.
“We have launched the online driving licence renewal service this week,” Engineer Ali Al Jasem, Director of the Licensing Department at the Licensing Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said.

He said the new service would help reduce road trips of motorists saving their time and money. Also, they do not have to wait in queues to get the job done.

Al Jasem told Gulf News that online driving renewal service was the latest addition to the e-service provided by the Agency to benefit the RTA customers.

Ahmad Bahrouzian, CEO of the Licensing Agency earlier said the RTA would also develop an online portal to help motorists renew their vehicle registration without making trips to the RTA offices. “The initiative will help customers complete many other services online service, including purchasing of number plates, vehicle ownership certificates and driving test appointments.”

Al Jasem said that customers interested in renewing their driving licences will have to do their eye tests first and send details using the e-services on the RTA’s website.

They will have to pay Dh110 as renewal fees. On receiving a complete online application, the licence will be posted to the applicant within four working days.

According to the RTA’s statistics, around 1.2 million people in Dubai hold driving licences while an average of 12,000 licences per month were issued during the course of last year.

“All these people have to go to the RTA offices to get service and have to wait in queues. The new online services will help reduce the rush,” he added.

Eye tests: RTA signs agreement

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Al Jaber Optical Centre and Al Yateem Optician for conducting eye tests of applicants who apply for driving licences. Any one applying for a new driving licence or renewing a licence can go to any shop of Al Jaber and Al Yateem opticians in Dubai to have their eyesight checked – a prerequisite to obtain a driving licence.

The eyesight test will cost Dh25. Din Raj, an administrator at Al Yateem, said that their shops have already started conducting the tests and the online service will be available within a week’s time.

Customers need to bring two photographs, a passport copy or any other proof of identity. A customer can either take a certificate of the test results and submit the application in person or the optician can send the results directly to the RTA.

Many convenient ways of paying traffic fines in Abu Dhabi

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Many convenient ways of paying traffic fines

By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
Published: January 30, 2009, 23:33

Abu Dhabi: There are several ways in which motorists may pay traffic fines imposed on their vehicles. Penalty charges may be paid directly at the traffic departments or more conveniently, online.

Other modes of payment include over the phone by calling the 24-hour hotline of the Federal Traffic and Licensing System and paying through automated teller machines.

The Abu Dhabi Police’s website www.adpolice.gov.ae provides electronic enquiry and traffic fines payment system for motorists across all the emirates, helping residents to save time and effort.
Visit the bilingual website and click the electronic services tab to enquire about the fines. The enquiry may be made using the Federal Traffic Code (Traffic ID) or with the plate number of the vehicle or through the driver’s licence number.

Using the Traffic Federal code for the inquiry will help find fines on all the vehicles registered in the persons name unlike the plate number which only brings up fines on particular vehicle.

In order to pay online, select the fines to be paid, and complete the payment process by keying in your credit card details. The system provides quick and secure service with data being updated in less than five minutes.

To pay in person, go to the ‘Violations Section’ of Traffic and Licensing Department. Submit the vehicle ownership form or the driver’s licence. Pay the fine and collect a receipt.

The office is open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30am until 2:30pm.

To pay over the phone, call the traffic hotline 8003333.

Details about traffic violations can be obtained in three ways – using the traffic ID, plate or licence number. Payment can be made by credit card. The system will send a fax message afterwards, to confirm payment of fines. Another way of clearing the traffic penalties is to use automated payment machines. These machines, which have touch screens and provide multiple services to customers. The services include inquiry on fines and other services of the police department.

Payment can be made by credit cards or in cash at these machines. They also provide information such as maps, pharmacies, weather and contact details of police stations. Also, complaints, suggestions and security information may be entered.

It is mandatory that all traffic fines on a vehicle are cleared before the registration of a vehicle can be renewed. To be on the safe side, keep all the receipts.

Now you can carpool in Dubai!

RTA allows carpooling; signs pact with big firms

EMPLOYEES from the same company have been allowed to use the same vehicle while going for work, a scheme known as carpooling which is aimed at pulling people away from using private cars to mass transportation

The arrangement shall be licenced by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which is “soon loading the procedure on to the agency’s website, www.rta.ae,” said the Director of Planning and Business Development at Public Transport Agency, Khalid M. Hashim.

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