Abu Dhabi road tolls to remain free until January 2020

Trial period to begin October 15

Abu Dhabi road tolls to remain free until January 2020

Abu Dhabi’s road toll system will not charge drivers in the capital until January 2020.

The Department of Transport announced the road toll system in the city will commence a free trial period from Tuesday October 15.

Charges will come into place as of January 1 2020. 

It was also announced that in addition to the daily cap of Dhs16 in charges per vehicle, a monthly cap of Dhs200 will be placed on each vehicle and Dhs150 to a second vehicle in a single resident’s name. 

"This trial period will provide residents more time to plan the best travel times and explore transport alternatives," the DoT said.

Additionally, senior citizens, people with disabilities, retirees, low-income earners and the families of deceased UAE Armed Forces members would be exempt from the fees "according to eligibility".

Ahead of the launch in January all drivers with vehicles registered in Abu Dhabi will receive a text message with details for their online account. 

Once the tariffs come into effect, drivers will be charged Dhs4 during peak periods from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm, Saturday to Thursday.

A Dhs2 off-peak fee applies outside these times, as well as Fridays and public holidays.

An online carpooling platform has also been launched to encourage drivers to reduce the number of cars on the road during peak traffic hours.

For more information on the road tolls click here.

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