No toll charge for Abu Dhabi until January 1, 2020

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The Department of Transportation (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has cleared the dilemma regarding the implementation of toll gates. The department confirms that motorists will not be charged until January 1, 2020.

“Traffic Toll Gate System will commence on 15 Oct 2019 on a free of charge basis until 1 Jan 2020. This trial period will provide residents more time to plan the best travel times and explore transport alternatives,” Abu Dhabi Government Media Office announced.

Motorists travelling to and from Abu Dhabi were uneasy as they experienced issues creating an account to register their vehicles. Moreover, registered vehicle owners in Abu Dhabi have not received SMS regarding the details of their automatic accounts. On another technical problem, a toll gate in Mussafah is relocated due to faulty placement.

On the other hand, fee exemptions and monthly caps were announced accordingly.

“The system has been developed with the aim of reducing traffic congestion while limiting costs for residents. Once fees are implemented, senior citizens, retirees, people of determination and low-income earners will be exempted, according to eligibility.”

Daily cap of AED 16 per vehicle will remain and a new monthly limit is introduced, a motorist will be charged AED 200 for the first vehicle, AED 150 for the second, and AED 100 for each additional vehicle.

In a tweet, Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said, “Abu Dhabi Toll Gates fees are the lowest of any other similar international system, taking into account that the UAE ranks first globally for the quality of its roads according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum.”