A satellite view of Mussaffah bridge in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – Motorists will not be charged fees when their vehicles pass through the newly installed toll gates in Abu Dhabi, which are scheduled to operate beginning on October 15.
According to Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DOT), the free trial period will run until January 1, 2020.
This will provide motorists with more time to plan alternative routes and travel times, according to the authority.
Toll gates have been installed at Sheikh Zayed, Maqta, Mussaffah and Sheikh Khalifa bridges. The rush hour toll fee is set at Dh4, while the off peak toll fee is Dh2.
“Once fees are implemented, senior citizens, retirees, martyrs’ family members, people of determination and [eligible] low-income earners will be exempt,” according to the DOT.
Toll fees will be capped at Dh16 per day. There will also be a Dh200 monthly for private vehicles. Motorists with multiple vehicles will be given a monthly cap of Dh150 for the second vehicle and Dh100 for each additional vehicle.
A toll of Dh4 will be levied on every vehicle passing the gate during peak hours from 7am to 9am and from 5pm to 7pm from Saturday to Thursday.
A fee of Dh2 will be levied on every vehicle passing the gate during off-peak hours, Fridays and during public holidays.
Owners of vehicles will be required to open a toll account, through which they can process online payment. An integrated online registration system will automatically create accounts at no charge for Abu Dhabi registered vehicles.
For vehicles registered outside Abu Dhabi, the owner must register in the system before crossing the tollgates. Non-registered vehicles crossing the tollgate will be given a grace period of 10 business days, starting from the crossing time, to register in the system to avoid fines.
The Abu Dhabi toll gate system identifies vehicles automatically through the number plate. Vehicles do not need to have a tag on the windshield. ICA/Expat Media
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