Category Archives: Road Toll

Taxis to charge Salik from Tuesday

GulfNews.com

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.”

Dubai eGovernment updates mPay services – Users can now pay Salik, DEWA, traffic fines

http://www.itp.net/588919-dubai-egovernment-updates-mpay-services?tab=article

 

By Georgina EnzerPublished May 6, 2012

Dubai eGovernment has updated its mPay mobile payment gateway and has added new features, including SMS capabilities. Users can now send an SMS to 4488 to inquire or pay government transaction fees or due charges.

The SMS service now allows Salik recharge from RTA, payment of traffic fines from Dubai Police and payment of electricity bills from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

“This gateway is part of our initiative to provide government services through innovative channels with the aim of facilitating government transactions of the public and businesses in Dubai. All departments need a set of electronic components and infrastructure to provide their service online under high quality and security stipulations. We, in Dubai eGovernment, work on the provision of these components in the form of common eServices and infrastructure with the departments, enabling them to provide their eServices to the public, thereby offering them a platform for innovation and excellence in their specialized fields,” said Wesam Lootah, assistant director general of Dubai eGovernment.

The new updates to the Dubai eGovernment system are designed to allow users to activate auto-payment/auto recharge of the government services provided by mPay regularly (daily, weekly, monthly or at a specific date for payment or recharge). They also allow control over the minimum balance and the maximum payment/recharge.

The updates also allow users to configure mPay to support multiple accounts for one government service. For example, a customer can recharge the Salik account of his/her car and that of another car he/she owns from his/her mPay account.

“Dubai eGovernment provides online payment services through the Internet and mobile phones for instant payment of government fees, using effective and convenient means to save their time and spare them the trouble of visiting the concerned banks or departments. As mPay does not need a computer with access to the Internet, the service can be done instantly anywhere,” said Lootah.

The Dubai eGovernment is currently considering the expansion of individual and corporate beneficiaries of this service, either by introducing new departments and entities or adding new services of interest to customers.

To use mPay service, customers must register on http://mpay.dubai.ae.

 

More on Salik (Dubai Road Toll)

Here are two more useful stuff on Salik: 1) Salik Cards 2) Special Salik Installation Instructions for cars that I received from a friend:

http://www.7days.ae/showstory.php?id=51882

1) Dubai – Salik cards go on sale

Last Updated : Tuesday 05 Jun, 2007

Dubai – Salik road toll system tags are now available at 287 outlets in Dubai including petrol stations, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced yesterday. Motorists can purchase the tags at 180 Emarat petrol stations, 70 EPPCO/ENOC stations and 37 branches of Dubai Islamic Bank across Dubai. The Salik welcome kit costs dhs100.


2) Special
SALIK Installation Instructions

For whom the bell tolls- Salik is here!

Well, the wait is over…I heard that the road tolls start from June 15th…but will this stop road trolls on the Dubai roads? The Gulf News reports today….

First toll gate installed near Garhoud
Bridge

By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter

Dubai: The toll gate that will charge motorists when they cross Garhoud Bridge going towards Sharjah has been installed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

The RTA is currently installing a second toll gate at the bridge for those travelling in the opposite direction.

And toll gates are also being introduced close to Interchange Four of Shaikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates, ready for the system to go live on July 1.

Once the system, which is called Salik, is activated, motorists will have to pay Dh4 each time they pass through a toll gate.

Tags to go on sale

The toll gates will be tested before July 1 to ensure that they work properly, Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, chief executive of the Traffic and Roads Agency at Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, said yesterday.

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