The Road and Transport Authority (RTA), which collects Salik payment in Dubai, has insisted that GCC-registered vehicles must pay to use the toll roads.
“Fines are recorded and GCC-registered vehicles are not
exempted from fines,” the head of RTA’s Customer Council told 7DAYS during a Twitter chat with the RTA’s first Electronic Customers’ Council.
However, upon being told that 7DAYS spotted dozens of cars during Eid with number plates from Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain driving in Dubai without Salik tags, the RTA rep said: “We are working with the local governments to collect the fines, via Ministry of Interior… Once the unified system is in place it will be a lot easier to collect fines from GCC-registered vehicles.”
Several tourists who drove to Dubai from GCC countries for Eid admitted not paying Salik when crossing toll gates in the emirate.
The RTA did not reply when 7DAYS asked when the unified
system would be implemented and whether it would enforce collection of fines from motorists who have previously dodged the tolls. The fine for passing through a Salik gate without a tag is Dhs100 the first time you pass, Dhs200 the second time and Dhs400 each subsequent time. More info