No new Salik gates "for the time being"
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has no plans to introduce new Salik toll gates to the city’s roads or to increase the cost at each gate, a senior executive said.
Media reports in February said the authority planned to add a further two gates in a bid to raise transport revenues, bringing the total number of Salik points in the city to six.
“For the time being, there will be no new Salik gates,” Abdul Younes, CEO for strategy and corporate governance, told Arabian Business. “Salik fares will remain the same.”
Salik gates, which charge drivers AED 4 each time they pass through, were launched in July 2007 under a plan to cut down congestion on Dubai’s roads.
The gates raised AED 800 million (US $217 million) in revenue in 2010, up from AED 776 million in 2009.
Dubai recently raised hundreds of millions of dollars by offering future Salik receipts as collateral against loans.
By Elizabeth Broomhall, www.arabianbusiness.com