No more Salik?

There are no plans for more Salik gates, but never say never, say RTA chiefs…

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) yesterday announced that while there are no new Salik gates in the pipeline, this may not always be the case.

"I can't tell now whether there will be more Salik toll gates or not because we will evaluate the traffic situation after launching the Dubai Metro operation in September this year," said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA at a press conference.

"Our studies before and after introducing Salik has revealed that Salik has been a success and helped a great deal in easing traffic congestion on the Salik routes."

Salik toll system was introduced in July 2007 with the installation of two toll gates one each on Al Garhoud Bridge and at Barsha on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Two more gates were installed last year, including one on Al Maktoum Bridge and another on Sheikh Zayed Road between the First and Second Interchanges.

Motorists pay Dhs4 each time they drive through a Salik gate.

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