After days of speculation, Abu Dhabi DOT has confirmed toll gates to be introduced this year. Motorists will have to pay new toll charges from October 15. Similar to Dubai’s Salik system which is operational since 2007, the new Abu Dhabi toll will be rolled out at four tollgates located at Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, Mussafah Bridge and Maqta.
Abu Dhabi Toll Charges
Four toll gates have been installed and the toll collection system is operational 24/7. The new toll charge will be Dh4 to drive through the gates during peak hours between Saturday and Thursday. It will be reduced to Dh2 for every pass during non-peak hours and on Fridays and public holidays. The daily maximum toll fee will be Dh16 per vehicle and no tags will be attached to vehicles. The toll amount due will be automatically deducted from a prepaid user account (the Integrated Electronic Payment wallet). Vehicles will be automatically identified by their plate number.
Abu Dhabi Toll Charges
Abu Dhabi Toll Exemption for Vehicles
Abu Dhabi toll is exempted for ambulances, armed forces and civil defence vehicles, Police and Ministry of Interior vehicles, electric vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, licensed taxis, authorized schoolbuses, public buses and passenger buses carrying at least 26 passengers.
Online Registration for vehicles
All road users should open a special toll account through which they can manage their own vehicles and process payments through a simple, user-friendly online system. The online registration for vehicles will be fully operational by August 30, 2019. Registered vehicles will have automatically registered accounts at no charge. Account holders will receive an SMS message stating their user name and password for that account, and can then add any additional vehicles to the registered account as required. For vehicles registered outside Abu Dhabi, the owner must be registered in the system before crossing the toll gates.
New Toll Fines
- Non-registered vehicles passing through the toll gate will be fined Dh100 for the first day. After a grace period of 10 days (first 10 days after passing through the gate), they will be fined Dh200 for the second day and Dh400 for the third day. This goes on up to a maximum of Dh10,000.
- Vehicles registered outside Abu Dhabi but without sufficient account balance will be fined Dh50 per day after the grace period of ten working days.
- Vehicles with tampered vehicle license plates will be fined Dh10,000.
- Any damage incurred to any e-payment machine or any toll gates will result in a fine of Dh10,000.
Dubai introduced Salik in 2007
Salik which means ‘clear and moving’ in Arabic, was introduced in 2007. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) had designed Salik as a free-flowing system. It is automated and you don’t need to stop your car at any point on a Dubai highway to pay manually. Also there are no toll booths, barriers or physical gates to stop you. Everything is done automatically. Dubai has now seven Salik gates across the city including Al Garhoud, Al Barsha, Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Safa, Airport Tunnel, Al Mamzar South and Jebel Ali. These were however introduced in phases, the Jebel Ali toll gate is the newest one, introduced last October 2018. The maximum charge per day per car before 2013 was Dh24, but this was removed in the later years. Since then there has been no limit on how much a vehicle can be charged for passing through Salik per day. Today, every vehicle passing through a Salik toll gate is charged Dh4. In fact, if you drive through 10 gates in one day, expect to be charged Dh40.