Abu Dhabi will introduce a traffic toll system to decongest some roads, according to a law issued by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Department of Transport (DoT) will be responsible for determining areas and timings where the toll system will be implemented and made operational, the law says. It stipulates that the new plans recommended by the DoT envisaging ‘toll areas’ will be subject to approval by the Executive Council. The department is also expected to submit recommendations for toll amounts to the council.
The law No. 17 of 2017 – issued in the latest issue of the Official Gazette – states that the Integrated Transport Center’s toll system will monitor every vehicle that passes through the designated tolled areas and collect the tariff.
According to the fifth article of the law, the “car owners should register in the new toll system and follow the rules and regulations specified by the DoT prior to passing through the tolled areas”.
Ambulances, the Armed Forces and Civil Defence vehicles, public buses and motorcycles will be exempt from the toll system.
The law points out that any other vehicle recommended for exemption by DoT will not be charged tariff.
The law also prohibits evasion of the toll by concealing the licence plate or by any other means. The Integrated Transport Centre will refer such cases to the general command for necessary action.
If a person is found guilty of toll evasion, a fine not exceeding Dh10,000 will be imposed on the violator. The total fines should not exceed Dh25,000 one year after the first offence. The centre will be responsible for forming a committee handling issues and complaints related to toll violators.