The Al Maqtaa Bridge in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – Motorists traveling in and out of Abu Dhabi will soon have to pay toll gate fees in four areas as a new road toll system is rolled out in October, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport announced.
Here’s all you need to know
The toll gates will be operational on October 15.
The Abu Dhabi toll gates look similar to Dubai and will run an electronic toll collection system.
Toll gates will be found in Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Al Maqtaa Bridge, Mussafah Bridge and Sheikh Khalifa Bridge.
Dh4: Saturday and Thursday, 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm
Dh2: Saturday and Thursday, off peak hours
Dh2: Public holidays
The toll system will run 24/7, with a daily maximum fee of Dh16 per vehicle.
Unlike in Dubai, Abu Dhabi vehicles do not need a tag and will only be identified through their plate number. Motorists can pay for toll fees through e-payment machines that will deduct the fees from their prepaid account or Integrated Electronic Payment wallet.
All motorists must open a special toll account through an online system that will be launched on August 30 (watch this space for updates). Abu Dhabi registered vehicles will be automatically registered at no charge. Account holders will receive an SMS message with their username and password.
Motorists with vehicles registered in other emirates must register in the system before crossing the toll gates.
In case a vehicle not registered in the toll gate system passes through a toll gate, the motorist will have a grace period of ten business days to register before getting fined.
You must top up your account within five business days to avoid getting fined.
Dh50: Fine per day for vehicles passing through toll gate with insufficient balance
Dh100: Fine on the first day for non-registered vehicles passing through toll gate
Dh200: Fine for second day for non-registered vehicles passing through toll gate
Dh400: Fine for third day for non-registered vehicles passing through toll gate
Dh10,000: Maximum fine for non-registered vehicles passing through toll gate
Dh10,000: Tampering with vehicle licence plate to avoid toll fees
Dh10,000: Damaging e-payment machines or toll gates
Ambulances, Armed Forces and Civil Defence vehicles, public buses, taxis licensed in Abu Dhabi, school buses, police and Ministry of Interior vehicles, trailers and motorcycles are exempted.
Electric vehicles will also be exempted from toll fees for two years from the date of activating the system.
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